The 2023 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group were held in Marrakesh, Morocco from 10th – 14th October.
At the Annual Meetings in Marrakesh, there were a number of events organised by civil society within the Civil Society Policy Forum to further a dialogue between diverse stakeholders around issues of social protection. This included an event co-organised and chaired by the Inclusive Social Security Policy Forum (ISSPF) titled Building a New Eco-Social Contract and Advancing Social Security in Times of Debt and Austerity, with panellists from the IMF, Human Rights Watch, Global Social Justice and Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) Uganda.
Throughout the meetings, civil society participants firmly asserted that social justice needs to be at the heart of how institutions like the IMF and World Bank operate. Participants articulated an urgent need to tackle inequality, end austerity measures, and ensure that IFIs do their part to promote economic justice and support governments to invest in inclusive social protection systems.