The Annual Conference is the Parliamentary Network's flagship event, bringing together over 200 network members, leaders from civil society and partner organizations, and top officials from a number of International Financial Institutions including the World Bank, IMF and regional development banks. The agenda – which runs over two to three days – is packed with stimulating and informative sessions as well as many opportunities for discussion.
Past attendees include the presidents of Brazil, Indonesia and Senegal. Participants attending the 2008 Annual Conference in Paris engaged with World Bank President Robert Zoellick, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Nobel Economics Laureate Michael Spence, and French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment Christine Lagarde, among others.
The Parliamentary Network annual conferences are hosted by the Parliament and Government of countries where the event takes place. The next Annual Conference will take place in December 2010 for the 10th anniversary of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank.
Founded in 2000, the Parliamentary Network is an independent, non-governmental organization that provides a platform for Parliamentarians from over 140 countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in development cooperation. Alain Destexhe is the current Chair of the Parliamentary Network.
The Network – via its international secretariat, regional chapters and country chapters – reaches over 1500 Parliamentarians in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It strives to increase transparency and accountability in the development cooperation process by fostering the oversight role of parliaments and civil society. The Network has a specific focus on multilateral aid and a sub-focus on the work and modus operandi of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s largest multilateral funders.
It provides a platform for MPs and civil society to hold to account their own governments, as well as International Financial Institutions (IFIs), for development outcomes.
You will also be eligible to attend the Annual Conference and participate in discussions with senior World Bank and IMF leadership. You can also be invited to take part in the Parliamentarians in the Field country visit programme.
In addition, the The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund often invites partner organizations to join its activities.