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