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In response to the ongoing crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank and IMF will hold the 2021 Spring Meetings in a primarily virtual format from April 5 - 11.  Ensuring that civil society can continue to engage and dialogue with World Bank and IMF remains a priority for the two institutions. Thus, in cooperation with the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) Working Group, we launched the call for proposals for a virtual CSPF to take place over the course of the weeks directly preceding the Spring Meetings, from March 22 - April 2, 2021 Sessions will take place in the morning Washington, DC time. The call for proposals closed on February 8 at 9 am EST. 

You can follow the CSPF here from March 22 - April 2, 2021.

About the CSPF

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: January - February

CSO registration: February - March

Call for session proposals: May - July

CSO registration: August-September

**Note: Due to COVID-19 and the virtual nature of the meetings, this timeline may differ.

The call for proposals for the 2021 Spring CSPF closed on February 8.   

Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives are invited to register for the 2021 Spring Meetings which are scheduled to take place virtually from April 5 - 11, 2021. Registration will open on or around February 9. Please continue visiting our website for the latest updates.

Costs

Registration and participation in the Annual Meetings and Civil Society Policy Forum (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 Civil Society Organizations. (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 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 websiteCSPF 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