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CLOSING SOON – Call for Proposals: 2016 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum
  Aug 15, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this email finds you well. We wanted to let you know that the Call for Proposals for the 2016 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will close this coming Friday, August 19, 2016.  CSOs are invited to submit their proposals for sessions as soon as possible, and before the deadline. Proposals received after August 19th will unfortunately not be accepted.
 
Guidelines to the CSPF session proposal submissions can be found below and on the CSPF website, and the session proposal form can now be accessed and submitted online. Please note that in recent years demand for sessions has been much higher than the total number of slots available. We cannot guarantee that your proposal will be accepted, but will do our best to accommodate as many sessions as possible within the available slots. We will let session proposers know if their sessions have been selected for inclusion by early September and an initial schedule will be posted on our website from September 6. 
 
Please also note that CSO registration for the 2016 Annual Meetings is now open and will run to Friday, September 16, 2016. A link to the registration page is available on the CSPF website. Registration is free, and we encourage CSOs to apply early to allow for the relevant reviews and clearances and give themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements.
 
Please donΒ’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
 
Kind regards,
 
The World Bank Civil Society Team
 

Guidelines:
 
The following guidelines will inform the selection of sessions for the CSPF:
 
  1. CSPF Themes: The CSPF aims to cover a diverse range of topics with priority given to those that are thematically relevant to the work of the World Bank Group and the IMF, and which invite debate beyond the focus of one civil society organization or country.
     
  2. Session Proposals: Session run concurrently throughout the day and can be organized solely, or with other entities, by CSOs, the Bank and the Fund. In order to promote inclusiveness and global CSO participation, however, we encourage each CSO to limit its proposal to one session per organization and/or work jointly with other CSOs and regional partners to co-organize a session that showcases a variety of perspectives on the specified topic. If we receive multiple proposals on similar themes, we may ask submitting organizations to consider working together on their sessions. To promote transparency and facilitate collaboration, we will be making submitted proposals available on our website from August 22, if the submitting CSOs agree.
     
  3. Session Format: We encourage and seek to identify CSO-proposed sessions that promote dynamic and interactive discussions. Thematic relevance/prominence and expected audience numbers will be the primary determining factors for session room selection.
 
World Bank Civil Society Team
1818 H Street NW, MC9-906
Washington DC 20433
USA
Phone: (202) 473-1840
Fax: (202) 522-7131
General email:
civilsociety@worldbank.org