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Global Partnership for Social Accountability

Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA)

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is a new global multi-stakeholder coalition that aims to increase levels of social accountability  at the country level. GPSA partners encompass a broad range of civil society organizations, foundations, bilateral organizations, research institutes and media organizations. The GPSA is funded by a multi-donor trust fund, to which the World Bank will contribute US$ 20 million through 2016.  

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  • About

    About the GPSA

    The objective of the GPSA is to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced beneficiary feedback and participation. The GPSA will contribute to country-level governance reforms and improved service delivery.

    To achieve this objective, the GPSA will provide strategic and sustained support to beneficiary groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing countries that are working with their governments, to promote greater transparency and accountability. Support will be provided on two fronts: funding and knowledge. Through a global grant competition, grants will be made available to CSOs for capacity building, research and knowledge dissemination, networking and programmatic activities related to social accountability in their country. The GPSA will make grants for periods of 3-5 years. The GPSA will also support a global platform for knowledge exchange and research, especially in measuring and documenting ‘what works’ in social accountability and the impact of social accountability interventions.

    The GPSA strategy and working principles are more broadly explained in the GPSA Board paper. The Executive Summary of the Board Paper is also available. The GPSA Brief gives an overview of the program and its implementation

    The GPSA will only operate in countries where the government agrees to 'opt-in' to the GPSA.The government opt-in process is ongoing in countries in different regions. The countries that have formally opted in so far are:
    • Indonesia
    • Tunisia
    • The Dominican Republic
    • Bangladesh
    • The Philippines
    • Malawi
    Once a country has opted in, multi-stakeholder consultations will be held to define country thematic priorities that CSO proposals for the country will need to address.

    Next Steps
    The new GPSA Secretariat has been established in the World Bank Institute (WBI). Within the next few months, the first Steering Committee will be formed, operating procedures and results framework for the GPSA will be worked out and the first global call for proposals will be announced on the GPSA webpage. Please check this page again soon for updates.
  • Global

    GPSA Global Partners

    A number of Global Partners have expressed their endorsement for the objectives and strategy of the GPSA and joined the Partnership. The Global Partners in the GPSA so far include:
    • Ford Foundation
    • TrustAfrica
    • Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
    • Cordaid (Netherlands)
    • Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC, Argentina)
    • CIESAS (Mexico)
    • Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD, Uruguay)
    • Alianza ONG (Dominican Republic)
  • Steering

    GPSA Governance Structure

    The GPSA’s decision-making body will be the Steering Committee (SC), chaired by the World Bank and comprising a broad and balanced representation of CSOs, donors and governments. The SC will set the overall strategic direction for the GPSA and approves individual grant proposals .

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    Government Members
    The following governments have agreed to be part of the Steering Committee:
    • Malawi
    • Dominican Republic
    • Bangladesh
    CSO Members
    Based on nominations submitted by CSO network organizations worldwide, the following persons were selected for the first Steering Committee of the GPSA by a multi-stakeholder panel including CSOs, donors and Bank:
    • Ms. Lindsay Coates – InterAction (for OECD countries)
    • Mr. Said Issa – ANSA-Arab World/Lebanese Transparency Association (for developing countries)
    • Mr. Akwasi Aidoo – TrustAfrica (for developing countries)
    In addition, two Alternate Members were selected, who will serve as CSO representative in SC meetings in case the respective CSO member is unable to attend. SC Members and their Alternates will be expected to coordinate closely:
    • Mr. Marc Purcell - ACFID (for OECD countries)
    • Ms. Emele Duituturaga - PIANGO (for developing countries)
    Donor members
    The Ford Foundation has been selected as the foundation donor member. Mr. Martin Abregú, Director of Human Rights and Governance at the Foundation, will be its representative on the Steering Committee. The two bilateral donors are still being selected.

    World Bank Representative
    Mr. Sanjay Pradhan, the Vice President of the World Bank Institute, will represent the World Bank on the Steering Committee and will be Chair.

    The SC will be supported by a small Secretariat. A global Roster of Experts will review proposals for technical quality.World Bank country teams and partners in the countries will also play an important role in ensuring that GPSA support is tailored to the country context.

    More details on the GPSA governance structure can be found in the Board paper.
  • GPSA

    GPSA Grant Competition

    The GPSA will make grants available to eligible CSOs for institutional capacity building and activities related to social accountability. Examples of types of activities that will be supported are listed in the table below.

    CSOs responding to the global call for proposals will be able to submit their proposals though the GPSA web platform. Grant allocations will then be made through a careful selection process that involves technical review by a Roster of Experts, government and public comments and final approval by the Steering Committee based on its global strategy for the GPSA.

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    The grant-making process and CSO eligibility criteria are explained in more detail in the Board paper.

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