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Civil Society Policy Forum

March 22-April 11, 2021



Members of Civil Society discussing development issues during the Civil Society Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. 

  • 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.

    Please check back here for updates on the CSPF agenda and format.

    The call for proposals is now open and will close on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9 am Washington D.C. time. 

    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 2021 Spring Meetings website.

  • Registration for the 2021 Spring Meetings is now open! Please click here

    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 close on March 22, 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 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.

  • 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 are launching the call for proposals for a virtual CSPF to take place over the course of the weeks (March 22 - April 2, 2021) directly preceding the Spring Meetings (April 5 - 11, 2021) in the morning in Washington D.C (EDT)

    The call for porposals closed on February 8, 2021 at 9 am 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.

    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:

    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 is Monday, February 8, 2021 by 9:00 AM (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