World Bank - Civil Society Global Policy Forum
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The World Bank – Civil Society Global Policy Forum was held in Washington, DC on April 20 – 22, 2005. The Forum brought together some 200 civil society leaders, government officials, parliamentarians, donor agency representatives, and Bank staff to assess the PRSP process and discuss the way forward for Bank – civil society engagement at the global level. There were civil society organizations (CSOs) present from over 50 countries and representing a broad array of labor unions, NGOs, faith-based groups, foundations, and community-based organizations.

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Civil Society final communiqué (pdf)
CSO participants also produced a Communiqué during the Forum in which they acknowledged that some CSOs choose not to attend the Forum, reiterated the broader institutional changes advocated in the JFC paper, as well as called for specific policies such as debt cancellation, increased development aid, and free and fair trading system. They also called for the Bank to provide a response to their recommendations in the coming months.
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