On November 4, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) launched a Call for Proposals in the Dominican Republic to improve service delivery in basic education, justice and citizen security by strengthening the capacity of the Dominican government and supporting social accountability initiatives implemented by civil society.

The Dominican Republic has extensive experience with collaboration between state institutions and citizens, and has promoted participation and social control interventions by civil society organizations (CSOs) with the support of the government. This call is part of a partnership between the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and builds on previous initiatives led by the World Bank and supported by the GPSA, such as the IPAC, an anti-corruption initiative with heavy civil society engagement, and a strong GPSA portfolio already under implementation.

Marco Larizza, Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank and Task Team Leader, recently visited the Dominican Republic to continue activities related to several initiatives, including the GPSA project Good Governance Practices for the Dominican Republic. He said, “There have been many improvements in service delivery in the last decade, but issues around education, citizen security and justice still remain relevant in the country. This innovative country call offers a great opportunity to strengthen the links between our work and the social accountability initiatives in these sectors.” 

An orientation session was held on November 9 at the World Bank office in Santo Domingo, with close to 40 CSOs and CSO networks in attendance. The call is open until January 15, 2017. Projects can last between 3 and 5 years and the indicative amount of the project is between US $400,000 and US $500,000. Learn more and apply here (Spanish).

Country-based activities are an important part of the GPSA’s strategy to spread and scale the impact of the program, and work closely with World Bank offices, government and civil society. This is the first country Call for Proposals, with more to potentially follow in the coming months, aiming at creating stronger alignment between the program and local development priorities.