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COMING UP: May 14-15, 2014: GPSA Global Partners Forum in Washington, DC
The GPSA'S first Global Partners Forum, in Washington DC on May 14-15, 2014 will be a unique opportunity to convene the more than 140 Global Partners of the GPSA – a diverse array of development agencies, international CSOs, local organizations and private sector groups from around the world. The Forum is an occasion to recognize, connect, and share knowledge with many of the most relevant actors in the field of Social Accountability.
Read More: Preliminary Forum Agenda
OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
The GPSA is looking for help from some great STUDENT VOLUNTEERS for the Workshop and Forum, on May 12-15.
[March 18, 2014] - Announcement of Finalists for 2nd Round of GPSA Grants
The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is pleased to announce the selection of 8 new projects in Ghana, Uganda, Moldova, DRC, Morocco, Mongolia, Paraguay and Tunisia as finalists for the 2nd round of grants under the program. The grants, totaling close to US$6 million over the next five years, will provide strategic support to projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems in developing countries.
As the final steps in the GPSA grant approval process, finalists will undergo a full due diligence assessment, and prepare their project papers for final approval by the World Bank’s Country Directors. The Steering Committee of the program met in Washington on March 10 and 11 to discuss the results of the 2nd Call for Proposals. The 8 finalists were selected from a pool of 428 applications, based on technical reviews by an international Roster of Experts. With this round of new grants, the GPSA is now supporting 22 projects around the world.
List of Finalists | Applications Status Tracker
Second Call for Proposals | Selection Process | Roster of Experts
Updates & News
EVENT: Social Participation in Policymaking:
Does It Make a Difference?
April 14, 2014 • 12:30 - 2:00pm • Room J7-044 WBG HQ
Invitation | Watch Recording
Since the passing of the 1988 Constitution, a significant development of participatory institutions – formal processes that create opportunities for citizens and social movements to participate in policy decision making, implementation, and evaluation – has been taking place in Brazil. Such “channels”, linking civil society and governmental actors, have been incorporated at the local, state, and national levels of government, sustaining an image of the country as the hotbed of “participatory democracy” in the global south. Yet, are these participatory institutions making a difference? Based on a set of original research projects on the topic conducted in recent years in Brazil, Roberto Pires will (a) analyze the historical evolution of the phenomenon, (b) discuss how different forms of participation function and how they are incorporated into the distinct areas of government activity, and (c) assess contemporary advances as well as challenges to increasing the effectiveness of participatory institutions in policymaking in Brazil.
EVENT: From citizens’ voice to action: Update on the
Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 2:15 – 3:45pm • Room I2-250
Invitation | Watch a Recording
The panel discussed progress made and important steps ahead for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). On March 18, the GPSA announced the 8 CSO finalists for the second round of GPSA grants. The grants support projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems.
The discussion focused on key issues and opportunities for engagement around social accountability, knowledge and solutions for development challenges in the implementation of GPSA. One of the GPSA’s first grantees, EXPERT-GRUP, joined to share their experiences to date, and gave some details about the outlook and experiences of the project in the education sector in Moldova.
BLOG: Building pro-growth coalition for reforms: The Caribbean Growth Forum
What does it take to make reforms work in small island countries? At the end of June 2013, twelve Caribbean countries presented a roadmap for growth in three areas -logistics and connectivity, investment climate, skills and productivity- to a broad audience of private sector representatives, international development institutions, regional organization, civil society and media. Read more...
EVENT: Social Accountability:
What Does the Evidence Really Say?
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 12:30-2:00pm World Bank MC Building, Room MC2-137
The discussion of social accountability initiatives has increasingly focused on debates over their development impacts. Many conclude that the evidence is mixed. The analytical exercise takes another step, rethinking some of the most influential studies through a new lens: the distinction between tactical and strategic approaches to encouraging citizen voice to contribute to improved public sector performance. While some evaluations focus on bounded, tactical interventions that are based on very optimistic assumptions about the power of information alone to motivate collective action that can influence public sector performance, other studies address multi—pronged strategies that encourage enabling environments for collective action and try to bolster state capacity to actually respond to citizen voice.
Speaker: Jonathan Fox
Invitation | Watch Video Recording
EVENT: The Role of Ombudsman Offices in Promoting Good Governance and Effective Service Delivery
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 12:00-2:00pm World Bank J Building, Room JB1-075
To raise awareness and promote a better understanding on the role of the Ombudsman Office regarding the accountability of public service delivery as well as open government, this round-table will provide a glance at international experiences of different Ombudsman Offices in these areas. These experiences will illustrate different mechanisms and tools through which Ombudsman offices can facilitate citizen voice and public accountability.
Sponsored by: The World Bank, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Nordic Trust Fund, and the International Ombudsman Institute
Invitation | Watch Video Recording | Summary of Discussion
[March 20, 2014] - Yemen opts in to GPSA
Yemen is the latest country that has joined the GPSA. This allows the GPSA to make direct funding available to CSOs operating in the country. List of participating countries..
RESOURCE: Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Say?
By Jonathan Fox
Social accountability strategies try to improve public sector performance by bolstering both citizen engagement and government responsiveness. In practice, social accountability (SAcc) is an evolving umbrella category that includes:
- Citizen monitoring/oversight/feedback on public sector performance
- User-centered public information access/dissemination
- Public complaint and grievance redress mechanisms
- Citizen participation in resource allocation decisions, such as participatory budgeting
- SAcc is one of many good governance strategies – some overlap and are mutually reinforcing
So – there is a menu of options, but how do we know what works? Read more...
EVENT: Knowledge, Solutions and Social Accountability
Tuesday, March, 11 2014 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
How can social accountability make development interventions more effective and strengthen the performance of public institutions?
Join us for a discussion with Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Group Managing Director, and members of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Steering Committee on key issues and opportunities for engagement around social accountability, knowledge and solutions for development challenges.
Watch video recording: English, Spanish, French
[February , 2014] - The Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD) Joins the GPSA as a Global Partner
We are excited to announce that The Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD) is the 116 th partner to join the GPSA as a Global Partner. I2UD specializes in urban planning that informs decision makers and educators; improves the lives of citizens; Unites policy makers, local leaders, planners and donors; and delivers recommendations that serve the community. As a Global Partner of the GPSA, I2UD will contribute its expertise and resources to help advance the use of technologies technical assistance, capacity building and research in social accountability projects that are supported by the GPSA. The GPSA's partnership approach focuses on practical collaboration to strengthen social accountability practice. Global Partners work with GPSA on knowledge exchange, networking and technical expertise. List of Global Partners
EVENT: "How Can Citizen Participation Enhance Value for Money?: Lessons from the Philippines in Designing and Implementing Citizen Participatory Audits"
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 2:00pm–4:00pm | World Bank Main Complex, Room MC-C2-125
In this discussion we will present a successful model of citizen engagement in the audit process: Citizens Participatory Audit (CPA) project in Philippines. CPA is a unique project wherein citizens comprised of CSOs, students, private sector and academic groups, conduct joint audit of selected government projects with the Commission of Audit (COA). This has resulted in the implementation of three participatory audits to assess the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers (CCTs), a solid waste management program, and a flood control project. More information
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[February 14, 2014] - Google Web Academy Joins the GPSA as a Global Partner
We are excited to announce that Google Web Academy is the 117th partner to join the GPSA as a Global Partner. Google Web Academy provides educational resources and digital literacy certifications to students and professionals. As a Global Partner of the GPSA, Google Web Academy will contribute its expertise and resources to help advance the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in social accountability projects that are supported by the GPSA. The GPSA's partnership approach focuses on practical collaboration to strengthen social accountability practice. Global Partners work with GPSA on knowledge exchange, networking and technical expertise. List of Global Partners.
[January 23, 2014] - Citizen Feedback on NGO work: Lessons learned from GreatNonprofits.org - an online platform to rate NGO performance - Thursday January 23, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00pm, Room J4-044 WBG HQ
With a set-up that is comparable to Yelp, GreatNonprofits.org is the largest content collector and aggregator of beneficiary reviews about social programs implemented by NGOs. On the GreatNonprofits website, users can rate more than 1.8 million social programs from 1.4 million nonprofits in the United States. The platform now hosts over 200,000 reviews. The reviews help more than 20 million users to make decisions about whether to partner with or support non-profit organizations. The user-friendly methodology enables constructive dialogue between NGO staff and the citizens who benefit from their programs; thus, contributing to the transparency and accountability of the NGO sector.
More Details and Watch a recording: mms://wbmswebcast1.worldbank.org/WBI/2014-01-23/GPSA_BBL.wmv (use Internet Explorer & Windows Media Player to access)
[January 16, 2014] - GPSA coalition has grown to 100+ Global Partners
Transparency International is the 100th organization that has joined the Partnership. The GPSA's partnership approach focuses on practical collaboration to strenghten social accountability practice. Global Partners work with GPSA on knowledge exchange, networking and technical expertise. More details and see list of Global Partners.
[January 23, 2014] - GPSA BBL: Citizen Feedback on NGO Work - with GreatNonProfits.org - Thursday January 23, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00pm, Room J4-044 WBG HQ
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[January 8, 2014] - GPSA BBL: Reconceptualizing Accountability in the Developing World through "Accountapreneurship"- Wednesday January 8, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00pm, Room MC C1-200 WBG HQ
The Accountability Lab has developed a new entrepreneurial approach to harness the creativity of citizens and help them change their societies, particularly in fragile contexts such as Liberia and Nepal –we call it Accountapreneurship. We are putting our support behind individuals that want to turn their energy and innovation towards governance and transparency in their own communities. We incubate their cost effective, high-impact ideas –through mentorship, networking, training and management support. We empower them to unlock the rich potential for political and economic development in their countries.
More Details and Watch a recording: http://wbmswebcast1.worldbank.org/WBI/2014-01-08/GPSA_BBL.asf (use Internet Explorer & Windows Media Player to access)
[January 6, 2014] - The GPSA's 2nd Call for Proposals is closed. The deadline to submit applications was January 6, 2014 23:59h GMT. Thanks to all who have submitted applications, and stay tuned for updates!
GPSA Newsletter - November 18: GPSA Opens 2nd Call for Proposals
[December 20, 2013] - Open Society Foundations and GPSA announce a grant to ANSA-EAP for the CheckMySchool project in the Philippines.
Read the Press Release
[December 16, 2013] - GPSA BBL "Building Coalitions against Anti-Corruption: Evidence from the Participatory Initiative in the Dominican Republic", with World Bank LAC Social Development - Monday December 16 from 12:30 to 2:00pm, Room J7-044 WBG HQ
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[November 26, 2013] - Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. announces a contribution of US$500,000, including $250,000 in-kind support to the GPSA.
Read the Press Release
[November 12, 2013] - BBL "Dealing with Complexity: The Added Value of Knowledge Sharing, Partnership, and Accountability", with Helvetas - Nov. 12 from 12:30 to 2:00pm, Room J8-044 WBG HQ.
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[October 09. 2013] - GPSA Panel Discussion at the WBG Annual Meetings CSO Forum 'Citizens and Governments solving Governance Challenges Together: Update on the GPSA' - Oct 9, 2:30 - 4:00pm, room I2-250 WBG HQ
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[October 02, 2013] - Grant Winners of First Call for Proposal
GPSA Announces First Grants supporting Citizens and Governments to Work Together to Solve Governance Challenges
The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is pleased to announce the first grants to 12 civil society organizations (CSOs) in 10 countries. The GPSA grants, totaling more than US$9 million over the next five years, will provide strategic support to projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems in developing countries. An additional grant was allocated to Mexican NGO FUNDAR to develop the GPSA Knowledge Portal, to be launched later in 2013.Read the full proposals:
First Call for Proposal | Selection Process | Roster of Experts | Operations Manual
[September 12, 2013] - 'Rethinking social accountability in Africa: Lessons from the Mwananchi Programme' - Report Launch sponsored by GPSA on September 12 in Washington, D.C..
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[June 24-26, 2013] - GPSA organizes first South-South Workshop for GPSA Finalists - The CSO finalists for the first GPSA grants gathered for an intensive capacity building workshop with governance experts and practitioners from civil society on June 24-26. Participants discussed best practices and key challenges in implementing social accountability projects and refined their proposals.
Read more about the workshop and Read the full Workshop Report
[June 11, 2013] - 'Citizens Against Corruption' - Partnership for Transparency Fund book launch sponsored by GPSA in Washington, D.C.. More details..