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Civil Society Policy Forum

April 17-20, 2018

Washington, DC



2018 Spring Meetings CSPF Recap Video

  • Full CSPF Program

    April 17-20, 2018

    Day 1 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Program with session descriptions

    Day 2 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Program with session descriptions

    Day 3 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Program with session descriptions

    Day 4 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Program with session descriptions

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    2018 Spring Meetings CSO Innovation Fair
    Bridging Sectors: Innovative Accountability to End Poverty
    Healthy Living and Women Empowerment Initiative
    Kick Dirt! Hug Life!
    NGO Aid Map
    Natural Resource Governance Institute
    Data for Extractive Industries Development
    Oxfam International & Development Finance International
    The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index
    Philanthropy University
    Building Capacity for Civil Society
    Save the Children
    Upholding the Pledge to Leave No One Behind
    The ONE Campaign
    #Girls Count
    Women, Business and the Law – World Bank
    Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Inclusion

    The pilot CSO Innovation Fair is an opportunity for CSOs to showcase innovative products, flagship reports, and ground-breaking campaigns that produce improved development outcomes and contribute to a continued dialogue. The CSO Innovation Fair will take place at the MC Atrium on Wednesday, April 18 in the afternoon. This central location will allow for enhanced interaction, innovation, and networking with WB and IMF staff, CSO participants, and other Spring Meeting participants.




    ***Please note that this call for proposals for a stand at the Civil Society Innovation Fair is separate from the call for proposals to organize a session at the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF).***

    We welcome CSO participation from around the world who can showcase innovative work in a visually attractive and compelling manner. We are especially interested in CSOs who have a desire to engage more actively on the ground on development projects and the coordination capacity with other CSOs at the local, national or regional level.

    What will be provided [TBC]

    • Space of the stand: approximately 3 square meters (32 square feet)
    • 1 table and 2 chairs
    • A large screen on a stand connected to a laptop with access to the internet
    • 450W power outlet

    You will have to personalize and decorate your stand with your visual identity, communications materials (infographics, brochures, posters, reports, etc.) and bring one roll-up banner.

    Selection criteria

    We are looking for a diverse range of topics on display at the pilot CSO Innovation Fair. The following criteria will guide the selection process.

    Content (40%)Interactivity (40%)Visual Display (20%)
    Stand must be innovative and results-oriented. In your application, you must demonstrate how your organization’s campaign, project or report presents concrete and tangible results on the ground.Must put forward creative ideas by using video, animation or activities that engage the audience. Original interactivity proposals will offer fair attendees the opportunity to see, touch or experience what is being presented.Roll-up banner, hard copies of report, infographics, brochures, giveaways, etc.; that help communicate the key information that is being showcased at the booth.


    There is no cost to have a stand at the CSO Fair. However, each organization is responsible for the cost of all relevant communication products and bringing them to Washington, D.C. for the Fair.

    Next steps and deadline

    Complete the Stand Proposal form online by Thursday, March 15, 2018.

    Click on the box below to open the online submission form:

  • The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) has become an integral part of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Spring and Annual Meetings, providing 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 topics.

    The 2018 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum will take place in Washington DC from Tuesday, April 17 to Friday, April 20, 2018. The program includes an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group Executive Directors; and CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns. These sessions will be selected from submissions from CSOs sent to us during a call for proposals, which will open in the next few weeks.

    What are CSOs?

    CSOs include non-governmental organizations, community groups, labor unions, indigenous peoples movements, faith-based organizations, professional associations, foundations, think tanks, charitable organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations.  Representatives from the private sector, academia or governmental bodies must apply for accreditation through the "Guests" or other respective registration category as clarified on the main 2018 Spring Meetings website.

  • Terms of reference and composition of the 2018 CSPF Working Group:

  • The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is open only to CSO representatives who have been accredited to the 2018 Spring Meetings through online registration. 


    Stay tuned to our newsletter for more information!  


    Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and costs. Participants are also responsible for applying for their entry visa to the USA. 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 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 CSOs involved in international development policy operations and/or dialogue on issues relevant to the work of the Bank Group and IMF. (See "What are CSOs?" paragraph in the overview page)

    Once this criteria is met, applications are 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) for clearance. The Executive Directors have eight working days to review the requests for registration.

    At the end of this process, the 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 applications approval process can take up to 21 days, we encourage CSOs to apply early, to allow for the relevant reviews and clearances, and to give themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements. 


    If you need a visa to enter the United States, please request registration as soon as possible, noting that the approval of your registration request can take up to three weeks. The World Bank Group and IMF do not assist with the visa application process in United States Consulates as this is the responsibility of each traveler.

    Following registration approval, you can use your confirmation email as evidence of the purpose of your visit to Washington during your visa interview. The Bank Group and IMF will not be responsible for delays in visa processing.



    A core component of the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is CSO-organized policy dialogue sessions that will run concurrently throughout the Forum.

    Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks who are interested in organizing sessions were invited to submit their applications during the Call for Proposals which ran until Friday, March 2, 2018. Relevant materials and instructions can be found below.

    Session organizers will be notified if their session has been selected for inclusion in the CSPF, prior to posting the preliminary CSPF program schedule online by Monday, March 26, 2018.

    Please note that we cannot guarantee that every proposal will be accepted. Due to the growing demand for sessions in recent years and space constraints, we ask that each organization sponsor only one session, although you may co-sponsor additional sessions that other organizations are leading on. Proposals jointly sponsored with other CSOs - especially from other regions of the world - are highly encouraged!

    If you want to submit a joint proposal, and/or would like to work on your proposal offline, please follow these two steps:

    STEP 1Word file - Proposal Submission Form (for drafting)  LINK CLOSED
      Download this Word version of the submission form to work on your proposal offline with your network/partners.
    STEP 2Online Proposal Submission Form (for final version) LINK CLOSED
      Once your final proposal is ready, please submit it electronically using this online form.

    All proposals, without exception, must be submitted electronically using the online form above. 

    The deadline for submitting a session proposal is Friday, March 2, 2018.


    • Sessions will only be open only to those accredited to the 2018 Spring Meetings. No day passes will be issued for panelists or guests attending the sessions. All participants will have to be registered.  
    • Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants -  including session organizers and speakers - are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and per diem costs.  See the Registration tab for more details.