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The call for proposals for the Spring Meetings 2023 Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is now OPEN!

The CSPF is a key event during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring and Annual Meetings. This weeklong forum provides an open space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)* to dialogue and exchange views with World Bank Group and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of shared development issues. The CSPF will take place April 11-14, 2023, in Washington, DC with hybrid components.

If you are a member of a CSO and would like to propose a session during the CSPF, please apply via our submission form by Tuesday, February 21, 2023 by 9:00 AM EST (Washington, D.C. time) or 2:00 pm GMT.

Subscribe to the World Bank Civil Society Newsletter for updates on the CSPF.

Questions? Write to civilsociety@worldbank.org.

About the CSPF

The CSPF is a key event during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (WBG-IMF) Spring and Annual Meetings. The forum provides an open space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)* to dialogue and exchange views with WBG and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of shared development issues.

It convenes twice a year coinciding with the WBG-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 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: January - February

CSO registration: February - March

Call for session proposals: May - July

CSO registration: August-September

Costs

Registration and participation in the WBG-IMF Meetings and CSPF is free. Unfortunately, we have come across some entities offering to register participants for a fee. If you come across any such entity, please report them to civilsociety@worldbank.org so we can take appropriate action.

Application Process

All CSO applications go through an initial review by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank Group to ensure that the applicants represent relevant CSOs. (See "What are CSOs?" paragraph in the overview page). Applications are then reviewed by the relevant Executive Directors' offices (based on the country where the CSO is based or mainly operates and/or the nationality of the requester). Once approved, participants will be notified by email of the final decision. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant must apply individually.

Since the review and approval process can take up to 21 days, we encourage CSOs to apply early to allow for the relevant reviews and clearances.

CSPF WORKING GROUP

The CSPF Working Group is an elected group of CSO representatives that serve as a civil society interlocutor with the WBG 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. 

2022- 2024 Working Group:

2020-2022 Working Group:

2017-2019 Working Group:

 

PREVIOUS CIVIL SOCIETY POLICY FORUMS

Year

Spring Meetings CSPF

APRIL

Annual Meetings CSPF

OCTOBER

2023CSPF event page 
2022CSPF event pageCSPF event page
2021CSPF event pageCSPF event page
Video: Civil Society Townhall with President David Malpass
2020CSPF websiteCSPF website
Video: Civil Society Townhall with President David Malpass
2019CSPF website
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Blog: Hearing each other out
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Video: Civil Society Townhall
Blog: Four reasons the World Bank should engage more with civil society
2018CSPF website
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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
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Video: Civil Society Townhall
2016CSPF website
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Photos: Civil Society Townhall
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2015Feature Story
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Feature Story
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Photos: Civil Society Townhall
Video: Civil Society Townhall
2014Feature Story
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Feature Story
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Video: Civil Society Townhall