The World Bank actively reaches out to civil society to share and discuss its policies, programs, studies, and projects. This outreach is carried out through dialogue and consultation meetings as well as through electronic dissemination tools. The meetings occur at the global, regional, and country levels and include face-to-face meetings, video conferences, and web-based exchanges.
These outreach efforts allow the Bank to improve the quality of its policies and projects by listening to the views of civil society on a variety of development issues. By tapping the knowledge of specialized CSOs and giving voice to the poor by consulting with CSOs whose membership comprises poor people, the Bank can have a richer and more complete basis on which to base its decisions. This outreach also helps promote transparency, accountability and public understanding of the Bank’s work.
As the third-largest employer in Washington, D.C., the World Bank Group recognizes the need for individual and corporate responsibility where we live and work. In keeping with the Bank's poverty reduction mission, the Community Outreach Program seeks to improve the lives of our neighbors in the greater metropolitan community. The Bank encourages staff volunteerism, conducts an annual grants program, and partners with area groups to strengthen local communities.
This section of the website contains information, documents, and meeting notes on recent and ongoing dialogue and consultations meetings, as well as other Bank – CSO meetings held during Annual and Fall Meetings. The section also provides the latest issues of the Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter.