The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group took place in Washington, DC, April 15-17, 2016.
This year's Spring Meetings events brought together nearly 10,000 participants (such as Central bankers, ministers of finance and development, and academics) of whom 1000 were CSO representatives. Issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication and international development were discussed during the meetings.
An integral part of the Meetings is the Civil Society Policy Forum. This program of events promotes policy dialogue between CSOs, the IMF and the World Bank Group, and government delegations. Participation and voice of CSOs in the Spring Meetings over the last 13 years was critical to increase IMF’s attention to the issues of climate change, female labor force participation and inequality.
This year, IRIM Executive Director Dolgion Aldar participated in the Spring Meetings through the IMF Civil Society (CSO) Fellowship Program. We expressed our views and ideas on the issues of taxation and equity, need for greater financial transparency, fight against corruption, gender equality and effectiveness of ongoing World Bank and IMF efforts in reducing poverty.