Friday, March 19, 2021

IMF and Civil Society. A change in the paradigm for vulnerable communities. March and April 2021



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I hope this note reaches you well. My name is Nicolas Mombrial and I serve as the IMF liaison to the global civil society community. Thank you for sharing with us in your profile that you work in the non-profit, foundation, civil society and think-tank community.

I am writing to introduce myself, open the door for your input and feedback, and point you to our many CSO resources and efforts on anti-corruption, debt, inequality, social spending, climate change and other key issues that may be interest.

Originally from France, and a former Oxfam staffer in Brussels and Washington D.C, I now lead civil society engagement at the IMF. My job is to ensure your voices are heard inside the institution and to help answer any questions you may have about our work and policies.


If you are interested in learning more about how the IMF works with civil society, visit our dedicated page here for the CSO community, in which we spotlight our most recent consultations, publications and multimedia.

This includes our strategy on social spending, framework on governance and anti-corruption, and a recent CSO townhall discussion with our managing director Kristalina Georgieva. We also spotlight how the IMF is helping countries address the economic impact of COVID-19, and how the Fund is promoting transparent and accountable use of financial assistance.


For further engagement, you can also join other CSO leaders in our WhatsApp Group, where we share news and updates with you in real-time, and where you can share your work on the IMF with other colleagues across the CSO community. If interested, please email me at with your name, affiliation, location, phone number and your language preference and I’ll be sure to get back to you with more details.


IMF-World Bank Meetings: In the coming weeks, there will be a lot of opportunities for you to engage with IMF staff. For example, we will be hosting our Spring Meetings from April 6-11 (details here).

Civil Society Policy Forum: In advance of the Spring Meetings, from March 22-April 2, we will host a civil society policy forum with 19 CSO-organized sessions on issues such as climate change, corruption, debt, health, education and more. Interested in participating? Find the agenda here and register now to receive login details and for the chance to ask questions of our speakers.

New to the IMF? Once you register, don’t miss the “Introduction to the IMF for Civil Society” seminar on Monday, March 22 at 8:00 AM ET—hosted by our Deputy Director of Communications Christoph Rosenberg. I promise it will be worth it.

Already familiar with the Fund? Don’t miss the upcoming conversation with Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Director of the IMF Strategy, Policy and Review Department, on emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and how best to build back fairer, smarter and greener economies. This event will take place on Friday, March 26 at 9.30 AM ET.

If you don’t have time to register or participate, don’t worry, we’ll be posting these sessions and more on our main civil society page following the Spring Meetings.


Thank you again for your interest and please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you.



Nicolas Mombrial
Head of CSO Engagement, IMF

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