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Civil Society Policy Forum

April 14-17, 2020

Washington, DC

MULTIMEDIA

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CSO views at 2019 Annual Meetings CSPF

Civil Society representatives share their experience at the 2019 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum

  • 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 2020 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum will take place in Washington DC from Tuesday, April 14 to Friday, April 17, 2020. The program includes:

    • an orientation session on the World Bank Group;
    • a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group Executive Directors;
    • a CSO Innovation Fair;
    • 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 is open until January 31, 2020.

    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 2020 Spring Meetings website.

  • 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 are invited to submit their applications during the Call for Proposals which will run from December 16, 2019 to Monday February 17, 2020 at 6pm Washington, D.C. time.

    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 mid-March 2020.

    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!

    ONCE THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPENS, THE LINKS BELOW WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE.

    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 form (for drafting)
     Download this Word version of the submission form to work on your proposal offline with your colleagues or network/partners.
    STEP 2ONLINE FORM - Proposal form (for final submission)
     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, January 31, 2020.

    REMINDERS

    • Sessions will only be open only to those accredited to the 2020 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 and accommodation costs.  See the Registration tab for more details.
  • 2020 Spring Meetings CSO Innovation Fair

    The 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 15 in the afternoon (TBC). This central location will allow for enhanced interaction, innovation, and networking with WB and IMF staff, CSO participants, and other Spring Meeting participants. This year's Fair theme is Fragility, Conflict & Violence (FCV).

    Step 1WORD FILE - Proposal form (for drafting)
     Download this Word version of the submission form to work on your proposal offline with your colleagues or network/partners 
    Step 2ONLINE FORM - Proposal form (for final submission)
     Once your final FCV proposal is ready, pleas submit electronically using this form.All proposals, without exception, must be submitted electronically using the online form above. 

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

    The deadline for submitting a session proposal is Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6pm Washington, D.C. time.

    CALL FOR FAIR STAND PROPOSALS

    ***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 booth: 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 booth with your visual identity, communications materials (infographics, brochures, posters, reports, etc.) and bring one roll-up banner.

    Selection criteria

    We are looking for innovative products, flagship reports, and ground-breaking campaigns on FCV to be on display at the CSO Innovation Fair. 

    Costs

    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 Friday, February 7, 2020.

    REMINDERS

    • Innovation fair will only be open only to those accredited to the 2020 Spring Meetings. No day passes will be issued for guests attending the fair. All participants will have to be registered.  
    • Registration and participation in the Innovation Fair is free, but please be aware that participants, organizers and hosts are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.  We will update this page with registration details as they become available. 
  • WORKING GROUP SELECTION
    In July of 2019, we announced the opening of the CSPF Working Group Election. The call for candidates to become members of the working group was held from August 22 to September 30, 2019. The voting process was open from October 18 through the 31.
    SELECTION CRITERIA 
    VOTING RESULTS

    WORKING GROUP MEMBERS
    The CSPF Working Group members will serve two-year terms, starting on January 1, 2020. You can find their biographies and terms of reference below. 
    CSPF WORKING GROUP 2020-2022 
    TERMS OF REFERENCE