The Civil Society Policy Forum was held from Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20, prior to, and during the 2013 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG). Organized by the Bank and Fund Civil Society Teams, the Forum brought together IMF and WBG staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others to exchange views and dialogue on a wide range of topics.
The CS Forum included a CSO Reception, some 60 policy dialogue sessions on such issues as global economic recovery, climate change, consultation guidelines, the post-MDGs agenda, and safeguards. These sessions were organized by the Bank, Fund, and CSOs individually or jointly. CSOs also participated in numerous high level sessions that were organized by the Fund and Bank during the Spring Meetings such as the Global Voices on Poverty roundtable featuring World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a BBC Hard Talk interview with Christine Lagardeand the Washington DC premiere of the documentary “Girl Rising”. Several sessions were organized prior to the CS Forum including a capacity-building session on the IMF and an orientation session on the WBG, and a CSO roundtable with Executive Directors