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Civil Society Policy Forum

September 28-October 09, 2020

Washington, DC



CSO views at the Civil Society Policy Forum

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.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Annual Meetings, and CSPF, will be conducted via a primarily virtual format. Please check back here for updates on the CSPF agenda and format.

    The call for proposals closed on August 31 at 9 am EDT.

    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 Annual Meetings website.

  • Registration for the 2020 Annual Meetings is now open! To register, click here.  

    Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives are invited to register for the 2020 Annual Meetings which are scheduled to take place virtually from October 12-18, 2020. Registration will close on October 5, 2020, at 5 PM EDT.


    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.

  • In response to the ongoing crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank and IMF have recently announced that this year’s Annual Meetings will be held in a “primarily virtual format” from October 12-18, 2020. 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 Annual Meetings, from September 28 to October 9, 2020 in the morning in Washington D.C (EDT)

    The call for porposals closed on August 31, 2020 at 9 AM EDT.

    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.

    Due to the virtual nature of this year’s CSPF and the need to organize sessions at a reasonable time for participants in several time zones, the number of sessions we are able to accommodate will be limited. We will have space for roughly 10-15 sessions, and thus cannot guarantee that every proposal will be accepted. For this reason, we ask that each organization sponsor only one session. Proposals jointly sponsored with other CSOs – especially from different 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, you will have to follow these two steps that will become available when we open the call for proposals:

    STEP 1Proposal form (for drafting)
     Download this Word version of the submission form to work on your proposal offline with your colleagues or network/partners.
    STEP 2Proposal form (for final submission)
     The deadline for submitting a session proposal was Monday, August 31, 2020 by 9:00 AM EDT (Washington, D.C. time). 

    The deadline for submitting a session proposal was Monday, August 31, 2020 by 9:00 AM EDT (Washington, D.C. time).

    In July of 2019, we announced the opening of the Civil Society Policy Forum (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.

    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