eNewsetter  |  March 2017 



2017 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF)

CLOSING SOON: CSO Registration

Registration is open for civil society representatives wishing to attend the next CSPF, which will convene in Washington, D.C., from April 18-21, 2017. Registration closes on Monday, April 3, 2017

NOW AVAILABLE: Preliminary Schedule

The preliminary schedule for the CSPF is now available on the CSPF website. It will be updated regularly. Session descriptions and panelist are coming soon. 

CALL FOR FEEDBACK: Interim Working Group Draft Recommendations

Provide comments to the draft recommendations from the CSO Interim Working Group on the creation of a long-term CSO Working Group to support the CSPF. Deadline: April 4, 2017



Africa Update

World Bank Group President Calls for Urgent Action on Hunger Crisis

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim issued a statement on the devastating levels of food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and Yemen

World Bank Group Announces Record $57 Billion for Sub-Saharan Africa

See more details in this press release.



CALL FOR INPUT: World Development Report 2018: Realizing the Promise of Education for Development

The WDR 2018, Realizing the Promise of Education for Development, represents an opportunity to take stock of what we know and provide guidance on how to expand the scope and quality of education around the world. A three-week e-Forum on the WDR 18 poses new questions each week focused on one of three major thematic areas: Learning Crisis; Innovation and Scaling Up. Provide your input here. Explore the WDR 2018 Themes here



CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Mapping the Oil and Gas Industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and IPIECA (global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues) have released this draft report for comment. Deadline: March 31, 2017.



APPLY FOR SPECIAL ACCREDITATION: UNGA Preparatory Process for a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. NGOs and CSOs may apply for special accreditation to this process here. Deadline: April 9, 2017.


World BankĀ’s Youth Essay Competition in Egypt

  • Submission deadline: March 30, 2017
  • Young Egyptians are encouraged to participate

Civil Society Policy Forum
WBG / IMF 2017 Spring Meetings

  • April 18-21, 2017
  • Washington, D.C. 

8th Debt Management Facility (DMF) StakeholdersĀ’ Forum
Borrow Without Sorrow: Prudent Debt Management in a Volatile Global Environment

  • May 22-23, 2017
  • Vienna, Austria

 To see more events, please click here


FEATURE STORY: What Does It Mean to Be a Woman in Brazil? The Answer Will Surprise You
March 8, 2017

BLOG: Engaging Citizens for Better Development Outcomes
Submitted by Sheila Jagannathan on March 2, 2017. Co-authors: Jeff Thindwa, Nina Bhatt

BLOG: De-risking impedes access to finance for non-profit organizations
Submitted by Emile Van der Does de Willebois on February 24, 2017


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