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Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) — composed of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based groups, trade unions, indigenous people’s organizations, community groups, and foundations, among others — have emerged as a major force in international development in the past 30 years.
The World Bank Group has been working to strengthen its engagement with civil society since 1981, when its first operational policy note on relations with NGOs was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors.
Interaction with CSOs
The Bank interacts with hundreds of CSOs every day throughout the world, engaging with them through information sharing, policy dialogue, strategy consultation, operational collaboration, and institutional partnerships.
There are over 120 communications professionals in the Bank’s Washington, DC Headquarters, and in over 100 country offices, that act as Civil Society Focal Points responsible for engaging CSOs from the local to the global levels. There is also the Global Civil Society Team located in the Bank’s External and Corporate Relations Department that coordinates the overall engagement and relationship management with CSOs. The scope and intensity of this engagement necessarily varies depending on the nature of the development area and institutional context of each country.
Some examples of engagement are below.
There are a wide variety of grant funding sources for CSOs who work worldwide. This section provides links to World Bank Group funding for CSOs.
See below for additional links to information for funding resources for CSOs.
World Bank - Civil Society Engagement Review:
World Bank Civil Society Team+1 (202) 473-1840 Email
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