2017 Global Parliamentary Conference

17 - 18 April 2017, Washington D.C., USA


The Global Parliamentary Conference (GPC) is the Parliamentary Network’s flagship event co-organised with the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), providing parliamentarians and members of civil society with the opportunity to interact with senior representatives from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. A unique forum for national legislators and development institutions, the conference also gives PN members the opportunity to highlight objectives for the coming years, and elect new Members to the Board when applicable.

The 2017 GPC also featured a special session with the leadership of the World Bank Group & IMF, President Jim Yong Kim and Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who outlined their visions for development and engaged in a productive discussion with MPs on ways to achieve the SDGs by the 2030 horizon. 

Over 160 registered MPs from 66 countries registered to join discussions with the World Bank Group and IMF leadership on pressing global development issues at this years' GPC, which was hosted at World Bank Group and IMF headquarters, in Washington DC from 17-18 April 2017. This year’s conference focused on themes at the forefront of the global development agenda: from job creation, reform of energy subsidies, and fighting corruption, to tackling the SDGs, climate change, to human capital and early childhood development, the sessions presented the latest developments and findings of the World Bank Group and IMF on a range of pressing global challenges. In addition to this global overview, the GPC brought into sharp focus development issues specific to the African region, through a session dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa and a special address by the Finance Minister of Nigeria, HE Kemi Adeosun.

The Conference also welcomed high-level officials from the private sector, civil society leaders and Speakers of Parliament. 


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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. Jeremy Lefroy is the current Chair of the Parliamentary Network.


The Network – via its international secretariat, regional chapters and country chapters – reaches over 1000 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.

Membership is free of charge and open to elected parliamentarians who currently hold a mandate. As a member, you will receive The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s policy materials, including the quarterly Network Review publication and the Parliamentarians and Development series.

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.