Civil Society Policy Forum Accreditation
The online registration for CSO representatives to request accreditation to attend the Spring Meetings is now closed. For further information about the civil society program please check our online schedule, send an email to email@example.com. or call 1 - 202 - 473 -1840.
About the 2013 Spring Meetings
The World Bank and the IMF Board of Governors convene the Spring Meetings in April of each year to review institutional policies and programs. 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 2013 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 17 to April 20. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building session on the IMF and World Bank on April 15-16.
The CS Forum schedule 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, the 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, among 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 2 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. For those CSOs interested in hosting (or co-hosting), please send the following information:
1. Title of the session
2. Hosting organization(s)
3. Chair and Panelists (name, title, organization of each)
4. One paragraph description of the topic (up to 200 words)
For policy sessions related to International Monetary Fund issues, please send your proposal to Tilla McAntony (firstname.lastname@example.org); for topics related to the World Bank, please send your session proposals to John Garrison (email@example.com). Click here for the event schedule and here for sessions that are still being planned.
CSOs will be able to attend an Orientation Session on the World Bank Group and the IMF and a "CSO Reception” with senior managers of the World Bank and the 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.
The IMF and World Bank Civil Society Teams are sponsoring some 30 CSO / Youth Leaders, and Academics from developing countries to attend the Spring Meetings. The selection of the civil society representatives were made based on nominations sent by Fund and Bank country offices throughout the world, as well as based on a number of selection criteria including: geographic coverage; gender balance; and institutional and thematic diversity. The sponsored colleagues will participate actively in the CSO Program and other events related to the Spring Meetings. Click here to see the list of 32 sponsored CSOs for the 2013 Spring Meetings and click here for a list of all CSO and Youth Fellows sponsored since 2003.
Registration and Badge Pick-up
The Spring Meetings Registration Center will be located in the World Bank I Building (1850 I Street N.W.) and will be open for the entire week of the Meetings from Monday, April 15 through Sunday, April 21. Once you arrive in Washington DC, come to the Registration Center where you can register and receive your identification badge and information on the Civil Society Policy Forum.
Important: Please print the accreditation confirmation email you received. This accreditation letter can assist you with applying for a visa at the nearest US Consulate. Please also present the accreditation letter along with your passport to facilitate your picking up your badge at the Registration Center. The registration badge is necessary for entry into the IMF and World Bank buildings during the Spring Meetings.
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 17 through Sunday, April 21.
The CSO press room will be located in the HQ2 building of the International Monetary Fund (1900 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) right next to the new main press center (Room HQ2 – 3-541). 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 hold press conferences in the CSO room on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact the CSO Team at the IMF if you want to schedule a press conference.
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. Here are the capacity / set up for each room: MC C1-100 (70 persons – theater style); MC C1-200 (40 persons – large meeting table); and MC C1-110 (25 persons – small meeting table). CSOs will also have access to wireless internet connection for their own laptops, 6 computer terminals with internet access, photocopier, as well as two (2) smaller meeting rooms.
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: Victoria Flamant firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to Media / Contacts with Journalists
CSOs have 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 is happy to facilitate CSO contacts with journalists as requested.
The IMF and the World Bank do not assist with 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 States, 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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone: (1-202) 473-1840, or by fax: (1-202) 522-7131.