The Government of Costa Rica informed the World Bank Office in a letter of consent of its decision to opt-in to the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). With the Government’s formal consent, the civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country have now become eligible to participate in future Calls for Proposals of the GPSA. Ana Gabriel Zuniga, Vice-Minister of the Presidency of Costa Rica, was appointed as the GPSA’s focal point, given her engagement with various government agencies and CSOs on topics related to participation and openness.

CSOs can apply for grants for social accountability projects, which seek to solve a specific governance challenge in the country. GPSA grants generally last between 3 to 5 years and are accompanied by a strong capacity building program for the grantees to ensure the success of the projects through constructive engagement and strategic social accountability mechanisms.

This move further signals the progress that the GPSA has been making in Latin America and the Caribbean. The GPSA has significant representation in the region, with 13 opted-in countries, two donors and over 40 Global Partners based there. In total, 48 countries have opted-in. In total, 48 countries have opted-in to the GPSA to date. To see all the countries where the GPSA’s funding component can operate, visit Where We Operate.