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.
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 are launching 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)
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks interested in organizing sessions are invited to submit their applications here by 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 1||Proposal form (for drafting)|
|Download this Word version of the submission form to work on your proposal offline with your colleagues or network/partners.|
|STEP 2||Proposal form (for final submission)|
|Once your final proposal is ready, please submit it electronically using this online form.|
All proposals, without exception, must be submitted electronically using the online form above.
The deadline for submitting a session proposal is Monday, August 31, 2020 by 9:00 AM EDT (Washington, D.C. time).
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