2018 Global Parliamentary Conference, 16-17 April, Washington DC

Over 200 participants from 61 countries attended the 2018 Global Parliamentary Conference on 16 and 17 April, where they had the opportunity to discuss pressing global concerns directly with the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

The event organized jointly with the World Bank Group and the IMF has become an important milestone at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings. It offers parliamentarians a platform to engage with World Bank Group and IMF senior management, and advocates for the right legislation to bring about meaningful change in their countries.

This year’s event included a special focus on youth job creation, a topic Parliamentary Network Chair Jeremy Lefroy MP, UK, has been pushing to the forefront of the Network’s mission. 


Summary: English, français

Full report of the Conference

Video of the Special session with the leadership of the World Bank Group and the IMF


Agenda: English, français

Joint Story

List of participants 

Booklet: The Case for Urgent Action on Youth Employment


"Rising Debt in Developing Countries", Sean Nolan, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF

"Women and development", Hon, Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, MP, Chair of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, Indonesia

"World Economic Outlook", Petia Topalova, Deputy Division Chief, World Economic Studies Division, Research Department, IMF

"Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict", Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank Group

"Open Governance, Anti-Corruption, and Sustainable Development: The Role of Legislators", Norman L. Eisen, The Brookings Institution

"Challenges of Youth Employment", Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union

"Groundswell : Preparing for Internal Climate Migration", Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environmental Specialist, World Bank Group

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. The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne 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.