The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF-USA) has announced a new contribution of US$500,000 for the GPSA, thereby renewing its commitment of support towards the program. “We are proud to partner with the World Bank in supporting the Global Partnership for Social Accountability. Our experience in building and supporting permanent institutions, strengthening civil society, and investing in leaders aligns well with the GPSA’s mission,” said AKF-USA CEO Aleem Wajli, “Now more than ever, reinforcing bonds of trust between governments, civil society and the private sector is critical in fostering peace, pluralism, and more inclusive societies.”

In 2013, AKF-USA also contributed $500,000 to the GPSA, with $250,000 as in-kind support via the Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC), based in Nairobi. This ongoing partnership led to the successful launch of the Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI) in 2015, with the first workshop convening GPSA Grantees from Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and Ghana. The joint focus is building civil society organization media skills for social impact journalism, producing “relevant and reliable information that makes a real difference in the lives of real people,” in the words of AKU-GSMC Dean Michael Meyer.

The AKF-USA has been a close partner of the program, and the new contribution signals crucial support from the international donor community for the social accountability agenda. These additional funds will comprise $250,000 towards the GPSA’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund and $250,000 as an in-kind amount for AKU-GSMC’s work within SAMI.

GPSA donors include the Open Society Foundations, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic, and the Governments of Finland and Mexico, among others.

Photo caption: World Bank Senior Director Debbie Wetzel and AKF-USA CEO Aleem Walji sign the contribution agreement at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.