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Civil Society

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The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) convenes twice a year coinciding with the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring and Annual Meetings in April and October. The CSPF has become an integral part of the WBG-IMF Meetings, providing an open space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with Bank and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics.

A core component of the CSPF is CSO-organized dialogue sessions that run concurrently throughout the Forum. CSOs and CSO networks who are interested in organizing sessions are invited to submit their proposals during the Call for Proposals that opens approximately two months ahead of each CSPF. 

APPROXIMATE TIMELINE FOR THE CSPF

Spring Meetings CSPF

APRIL

Annual Meetings CSPF

OCTOBER

Call for session proposals: December - February

CSO registration: February - March

Call for session proposals: May - July

CSO registration: August-September

CSPF WORKING GROUP

The CSPF Working Group is an elected group of CSO representatives that serve as a civil society interlocutor with the WB and IMF civil society teams to effectively achieve the objectives of the Forum as a means for engagement and a platform for a globally and thematically diverse group of civil society to voice their concerns, share ideas and experiences, and dialogue with staff on a wide range of issues and development topics.

Towards this end, the CSPF Working Group actively contributes to the planning and organization of the CSPF. The Working Group is also tasked with fostering closer CSO/WB and IMF dialogue on how to improve the CSPF. The Working Group has a mandate of two years. See Terms of Reference for more information. 

2020-2022 Working Group:

2017-2019 Working Group:

 

PREVIOUS CIVIL SOCIETY POLICY FORUMS

Year

Spring Meetings CSPF

APRIL

Annual Meetings CSPF

OCTOBER

2020CSPF website 
2019CSPF website
Program
Blog: Hearing each other out
CSPF website
Program
Video: Civil Society Townhall
Blog: Four reasons the World Bank should engage more with civil society
2018CSPF website
Program
Video: Recap of the CSPF
Blog: A seat at the table
CSPF Website
Program
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2017CSPF website
Program
Photos: Flickr Albums
CSPF website
Program
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2016CSPF website
Program
CSPF website
Program
Photos: Civil Society Townhall
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2015Feature Story
Program
Feature Story
Program
Photos: Civil Society Townhall
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2014Feature Story
Program
Feature Story
Program
Video: Civil Society Townhall