In April 2016, we, the GPSA, opened up our platform to the Global Partner community by asking them to get creative with visualizing the impact of social accountability and submit material for display at booths during the Networking Fair & Reception.

We sought after examples of social accountability experiences that highlight the topics of scale and impact. The submissions were required to fall under innovative and accessible data visualization, compelling illustrations of theories of change, or persuasive storytelling from citizens’ perspectives. We’re pleased to say that our Global Partners truly lived up to the challenge, creating informative and visually beautiful submissions.

Taking place in the Wolfensohn Atrium at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. , the Networking Fair hosted 51 civil society organizations from around the globe. Participating organizations presented projects that mainstream social accountability across the health, education, water, extractives and public finance management sectors.

The Networking Fair & Reception was opened by Debbie Wetzel, Senior Director of the Governance Global Practice World Bank and Sanjay Pradhan, CEO, Open Government Partnership.

During the reception, attendees voted for their favorite booth by placing stickers at the booth. After counting the votes, the winner, Search for Common Ground, Guinea, was announced and received the Networking Fair award.

In the spirit of constructive engagement, Amara Camara, Coordinator of the Programme De Reforme Et De Modernisation De L'administration Publique (PREMA) in Guinea, joined the GPSA team in presenting the award to Alfred Bulakali, Country Director at Search for Common Ground, Guinea.

Following the Forum, five of the participating organizations, who are also GPSA grant recipients, used their submissions to also participate in the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s annual flagship Sustainability Exchange that took place on May 25-26 at the IFC in Washington, DC. Over 200 global executives and practitioners from companies, NGOs, the public sector, international development agencies and academia gathered at this event to generate a frank dialogue on sharing value across business and society. The event was an opportunity to address economic, environmental and social challenges and opportunities faced by infrastructure and natural resource actors in emerging markets.

Learn more about participating organizations in the Networking Fair, the submission requirements, and view photos of the reception in the album. 

And stay tuned for next year’s Global Partners Forum!