World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick had two occasions to meet and engage on policy dialogue with civil society representatives (CSOs)in the run up to the 2007 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These not only allowed him to share his views on issues related to the Annual Meetings agenda, but provided a wide range of CSOs with the opportunity to share their perspectives and concerns on multiple issues with the head of the World Bank.
The first event was a video conference on October 3, 2007 with over 100 CSO representatives from seven countries: Angola, France, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal Tajikistan, and Timor Leste. This meeting was the first opportunity for President Zoellick to interact with civil society representatives from these countries to exchange views on such issues as Bank governance, climate change, agriculture, post-conflict reconstruction, and how the Bank interacts with civil society. For more information please read the summary report and watch the video.
The second occasion for Bank - civil society interaction was during the Civil Society Townhall held in Washington on October 18, 2007. The meeting brought together Mr. Zoellick and Fund Managing Director, Rodrigo de Rato with some 80 CSO representatives. The hour-long session was chaired by Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance in Ghana, and was followed by a reception. Messrs. Zoellick and de Rato began the session by thanking the participants for attending, reiterating the importance of Bank / Fund - civil society dialogue, and highlighting the key policy issues to be discussed at the Annual Meetings. The issues brought up by CSOs included the Bank's forestry project in Congo DRC, disability policies, information disclosure policies, and IDA replenishment; and the Fund's civil society engagement efforts, fiscal adjustment policies, and approach to climate change. For more information please read the transcript and watch the video.
2007 Annual Meetings - General Summary of Events
2007 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum dialogues
General Information about 2007 Annual Meetings
Annual and Spring Meetings