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2011 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings General Information

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The 2011 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank was held during April 15-17 in Washington, DC.  As in previous years, the Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for civil society organizations (CSOs) were organized on April 13 – 16, 2011.

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Accreditation (CLOSED)
About the Spring Meetings
Civil Society Policy Forum (Schedule)
Sponsored CSO and Youth Leaders 
Registration and Badge Pick-up
Civil Society Meeting / Work Spaces
Access to Media / Contact with Journalists
Hotels and Transportation From / To Airports  










Civil Society Policy Forum Accreditation

The online registration is closed. For information on accreditation issues, please send an email to or call 1 - 202 - 473 -1840.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund accredit CSOs that are involved in international development policy dialogue or other issues relevant to the work of the World Bank and the IMF and/or engage the Bank and the Fund on a broad range of operations at the local, national, and global level. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant has to apply individually.

All CSO requests for accreditation are first reviewed by the External Affairs Department of the Bank (EXT) and the External Relations Department of the Fund (EXR).  EXT/EXR forwards the individual applications for accreditation to the respective Executive Director's office (based on the country from which the request originated), for clearance. The Executive Directors have 8 working days to review the requests for accreditation. At the end of this process, the participant will be notified by the Civil Society Team (EXT/EXR) of the final decision. As the process can take up to 21 days, please apply early to give yourself enough time to make travel arrangements.


 About the 2011 Spring Meetings

The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions.

In recent years, the Spring Meetings have been preceded by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the Development Committee (DC), the Group of Twenty and various other groups of members. At the conclusion of their meetings, the IMFC and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués.  These documents are public and posted on the World Bank and IMF's websites.

For more information on the 2011 Spring Meetings, please refer to the official websites:

Spring Meetings website  More about the DC  More about the IMFC 


Civil Society Policy Forum and Other Events for CSOs

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund Civil Society Teams will be organizing, as in previous years, a Civil Society Policy Forum which is geared to promoting substantive dialogue and exchange of views between Bank/Fund staff, civil society representatives, government officials, academics, and others. The CS Forum will be held at the World Bank and IMF Headquarters from April 13 – 16.

The CS Forum schedule of sessions will be prepared with an inclusive and participatory approach that reflects a diversity of CSOs interests.  The sessions are normally organized individually or jointly by the Bank, Fund, and CSOs and focus on a variety of issues.  Past topics have addressed issues such as food and financial crisis, governance, climate change, transparency, financial sector, education, economic growth, amongst others. We expect to host some 40 policy sessions during the CS Forum.

As in the past, CSOs representatives attending the Spring Meetings are encouraged to propose policy topics for the Forum.  We suggest that you do so in light of the following criteria:

a. Expand CSO Participation:  We encourage more CSOs to host sessions or participate as session panelists, particularly from developing countries, and promote more joint developed and developing country sessions.

b. Promote Diversity and Relevance of Topics:  We want to be as inclusive as possible and will thus gather as many proposals for session topics as possible in order to reflect the diversity and complexity of development issues.  We will also consider those topics from which the Bank and Fund can most benefit from a dialogue with CSOs.

The Fund and the Bank Civil Society Teams will work more closely with a group of CSOs this year to review the proposals received and try to develop a wide-ranging yet balanced schedule. Since we have been receiving more sessions than we have times and rooms available, we will suggest clustering the sessions which have similar topics.  We also ask that CSOs host a maximum of only two sessions, although they can be co-hosts in other sessions.  Based on the criteria above, we will then contact the proponent CSO to schedule the session or propose an alternative.

In addition to the topic, proponent CSOs are expected to propose their own formats for the sessions, although we strongly recommend organizing them as panels and leaving plenty of time for discussion, in order to make them as interactive and interesting as possible.  Session proponents should also realize that the size and composition of the audience will vary depending on the topic interest and day/time selected.  We often have 2-3 sessions running simultaneously and thus some sessions will invariably have smaller audiences.  Those CSOs interested in hosting (or co-hosting), please send the following information:

1. Title of the session
2. Hosting organization (s)
3. One paragraph description of the topic (up to 200 words)
4. Chair and Panelists (name, title, organization of each)

For policy sessions related to International Monetary Fund issues please send your proposal to Karla Chaman (; for topics related to the Bank please send your session proposals to John Garrison (  We will list all the topics of session proposals we received and the draft schedule by mid-March

CSOs will be able to attend an Orientation Session on the World Bank Group and IMF and a "CSO Reception” with senior managers of the World Bank and IMF.   CSOs will also be able to follow via video link the official plenary sessions and press conferences.  Finally, CSOs can schedule meetings with Bank/Fund staff and Executive Directors, as well as network with other civil society representatives from throughout the world.

CS Policy Forum Schedule


Sponsored CSO and Youth Leaders

The IMF Civil Society Team is sponsoring 27 CSO and Youth Leaders from developing countries to attend the Spring Meetings. The World Bank is sponsoring 4 CSO Leaders from the Middle East to attend the Meetings as well.  The selection of the civil society representatives was made based on nominations sent by Fund and Bank country offices throughout the world and based on a number of criteria including: geographic coverage; gender balance; and institutional and thematic diversity. The CSO and Youth Fellows will participate actively in the Civil Society Policy Forum and other events related to the Spring Meetings, and are being encouraged to organize their own dialogue sessions. See attached the  list of CSO and Youth Fellows which  have confirmed their participation.  (List of CSO and Youth Fellows).


Registration and Badge Pick-up

The Spring Meetings Registration office and badge pick-up will be located in the World Bank H building (600 19th Street, NW) and will be open for the entire week of the Meetings from Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17.

Important: Please print the letter you received as an attachment to your accreditation confirmation email, and bring it with you. You will need this letter to both facilitate your visa request as well as to gain access to the World Bank and IMF Building. Once you arrive in Washington DC, proceed to the Registration Counter at 600 19th Street, NW where you can register and receive your identification badge and information on the Civil Society Policy Forum.


 Civil Society Meeting Rooms / Work Spaces

CSO representatives accredited to the Spring Meetings will have at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings available from Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 17.

  • The CSO press room will this year, be located in the HQ2 building of the International Monetary Fund (1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW) right next to the new main press center (room number TBC).  It will be equipped with a number of computers, printers, a copier and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases, once public and made available to the journalists will also be distributed in the CSO room. CSOs may also schedule meeting with journalists and press conferences on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please contact the CSO Team at IMF if you want to schedule a press release.
  • At the World Bank Main Complex building (1818 H Street NW), CSOs will be able to access the CSO Space located on the C1 level. The CS Forum will be held in the three (3) adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100, MC C1-200, MC C1-110) on that level. There will be wireless internet connection in that space, a photocopier, as well as two (2) smaller meeting rooms for CSO use.

The use of these conference rooms and meeting rooms will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, and if interested in scheduling any events please contact: 


 Access to Media / Contacts with Journalists

CSOs are allowed ample access to the media during the Spring Meetings.  They have access to the Press Room and can hold press conferences in the CSO Room.  In order to be considerate of the journalist’s work space and independence, however, leafleting is prohibited in the press room. CSOs may discreetly hand out materials to interested journalists and a table for CSO materials will be provided in the Press Room.  While CSO representatives are not allowed in official press conferences, they will be able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the CSO Room next to the Press Room.

CSOs can also schedule press conferences in the CSO Room on a sign-up basis.  The IMF/WB Civil Society Team staff will place all WB/IMF statements, press releases, etc. on the tables in front of the CSO Room in the IMF, as they become available.  In addition, the IMF/WB civil society team staff is happy to facilitate CSO contacts with journalists as requested.



The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa application process.  Once you have been accredited, you can use your accreditation confirmation email to document to the US visa officials what the purpose of your visit to Washington is.  For those requiring a visa to enter the United State, we suggest that you request accreditation as soon as possible, since applicants have reported delays in the visa processing period in the past few years. If you have any questions on this, please contact us via email at:


 Hotels and Transportation From / To Airports

CSO representatives are expected to book their own hotel rooms in Washington, DC.

The IMF and World Bank do not provide transportation services to and from the airport(s) for CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings. We suggest that you refer to the websites of the respective local airports (see below) for the form of transportation you prefer (i.e. bus, metro, taxi).

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.


If you have any questions, please contact us by email at:, by phone: (1-202) 473-1840, or by fax: (1-202) 522-7131.


Last updated: 2011-04-19

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