Civil Society Policy Forum
October 4-7, 2016IMF / World Bank 2016 Annual Meetings

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 CSPF will convene in Washington DC from Tuesday, October 4 to Friday, October 7, 2016. The program will include an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors; a Town Hall meeting with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde;  a CSO reception with senior management of both institutions; and about 40, mainly CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns.

These sessions will be selected from submissions sent to us during a call for proposals that will run from July 11 to August 19. The sessions will be open to all participants who have registered for the 2016 Annual Meetings.

CSO registration for the Annual Meetings and the CSPF will open on Monday, July 25, 2016. Learn more about CSO registration.

Please note that the IMF and the World Bank are in the process of modernizing and updating processes for the Policy Forum – see here for the latest updates.

If you have any questions about the CSPF or regarding Civil Society Participation in the 2016 Annual Meetings, please e-mail us at: (World Bank) or (IMF).

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2016

A core component of the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is some 40, mainly CSO-organized policy dialogue sessions that will run concurrently from the afternoon of October 4-7.

The Call for Proposals for these sessions will run from July 11 to August 19. CSOs interested in organizing sessions are asked to submit their requests, via the dedicated Session Proposal Form during this period. No new requests will be accepted after Friday, August 19.  

The following guidelines inform the selection of sessions:

  1. CSPF Themes: The CSPF aims to cover a diverse range of topics with priority given to those that are thematically relevant to the work of the World Bank Group and the IMF, and which invite debate beyond the focus of one civil society organization or country.
  2. Session Proposals: Session run concurrently throughout the day and can be organized solely, or with other entities, by CSOs, the Bank and the Fund. In order to promote inclusiveness and global CSO participation, however, we encourage each CSO to limit its proposal to one session per organization and/or work jointly with other CSOs and regional partners to co-organize a session that showcases a variety of perspectives on the specified topic. If we receive multiple proposals on similar themes we may ask submitting organizations to consider working together on their sessions. To promote transparency and facilitate collaboration, we will be making submitted proposals available on our website from August 22, if the submitting CSOs agree.
  3. Session Format: We encourage and seek to identify CSO-proposed sessions that promote dynamic and interactive discussions. Thematic relevance/prominence and expected audience numbers will be the primary determining factors for session room selection.

An initial session schedule will be posted on September 6 and linked to the 2016 Annual Meetings main events website.

Once their sessions are confirmed on the schedule, CSO representatives are responsible for promoting their own sessions within their CSO networks and among the attendants at the Annual Meetings. Sessions will only be open to those accredited to the 2016 Annual Meetings.

Annual Meetings registration opens on July 25. To ensure the timely processing of your registration request, we strongly encourage you and your potential panel participants to register early.

If you have any questions regarding this call for proposals or have difficulties accessing the session proposal form, please contact us by email at: (World Bank) or (IMF).

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016

A prelimary schedule for the Civil Society Policy Forum will be available here from September 6, 2016.

Sessions will take place in the Civil Society Space of the Annual Meetings (World Bank Group, Second floor, I  Building, 1850 I St. N.W., Washington DC) and are open to all participants who have been accredited to the 2016 Annual Meetings.


Last Updated: Jul 08, 2016

The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will only be open to CSO representatives who have been accredited to the 2016 Annual Meetings.

CSO Registration
All CSO representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings and the CSPF must obtain individual accreditation. The online registration system for CSOs is now open and can be accessed through Friday, September 16, 2016.

Since the applications approval process can take up to 21 days, we encourage CSO representatives to apply early, to allow for the relevant reviews and clearances, and to give themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements. 

CSO representatives accredited for the 2016 Annual Meetings are able to participate in all open events that are part of the wider 2016 Annual Meetings program of events.

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 involvement in interational development policy operations and/or dialogue on issues relevant to the work of the Bank Group and IMF.

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 of the final decision by the Civil Society Team.  There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant must apply individually.

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 2016 Annual Meetings website.

Since the application's approval can take up to 21 days, we encourage CSO representatives to apply early to given themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements and to ensure that there is enough time to complete the relevant reviews and clearances.


Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and per diem 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.


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 and we will not be able to provide an invitation letter until that process is complete. 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.


Last Updated: Aug 12, 2016

CSO NOW OPEN – Closes September 16