2017 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF)


NOW OPEN: Civil Society Registration

Registration is now open for civil society representatives wishing to attend the next CSPF, which will convene in Washington, DC, from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21, 2017. Registration will be open until Monday, April 3, 2017. Since the approval process can take up to three weeks, we encourage you to apply early. The application process is fast and easy to complete. 

CLOSING SOON: Call for Proposals

The Call for Session Proposals for the CSPF will close on Friday, February 24, 2017. These proposals will serve as the basis for developing a balanced program with valuable sessions for all participants. More information is available on the CSPF website.



IDA 18 Deputies Report Now Available

IDA Deputies and Borrower Representatives chose “Toward 2030: Investing in Growth, Resilience and Opportunity” as the overarching theme for IDA 18. This theme captures both the urgency and the need for a comprehensive large-scale approach to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and fragility on development and encourages actions to foster growth, equality and better governance so that poverty can be reduced and prosperity shared by all. Download the full report here


World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

The 2017 World Development Report: Governance and the Law urges developing countries and international development agencies to rethink their approach to governance as a key to overcoming challenges related to security, growth, and equity. The report states that effective governance enables commitment so that people can rely on the credibility and consistency of policies, enhances coordination so that people can take complementary socially desirable actions, and induces cooperation so that, people are willing to contribute to public goods. Download the full report here



CLOSING SOON: Ideas for Action 2017 Competition: Join the Development Conversation

The World Bank Africa Region is encouraging African students and young professionals to participate in the annual Ideas for Action global competition, and share their ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline is February 28, 2017.

FREE Online Course: Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities

  • Starts on March 1, 2017
  • Online

FREE Online Course: Citizen Engagement: A Game Changer for Development

  • Starts on March 15, 2017
  • Online

Land and Poverty Conference 2017
Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach

  • March 20-24, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.
Civil Society Policy Forum
WBG / IMF 2017 Spring Meetings
  • April 17-21, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.  

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