The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that they will commit an additional $6.5 million to the GPSA, bringing USAID’s total contribution to $8.6 million. This move signals the strengthening of this partnership and USAID’s continued support for the social accountability agenda. “Social Accountability reduces poverty and promotes human rights. USAID proudly supports the World Bank and the GPSA,” Dr. David Yang, Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, expressed on Twitter.
 
In 2015, USAID contributed US$2.1m to the GPSA for activities in the Dominican Republic aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Dominican government and civil society to improve service delivery in basic education, justice and citizen security. The new contribution will create more activities in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, focusing on issues of fiscal transparency and accountability in Honduras and in Mexico. “Joining forces with USAID is an important step in scaling new heights in these countries. There is a demand for good governance across the region, and the envisioned projects will improve the accountability and responsiveness of governments,” said Arturo Herrera, Practice Manager for the Latin America Region at the World Bank. 

Photo: World Bank Senior Director Debbie Wetzel and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator David Yang meet at the World Bank headquarters on Sept. 29.