4th Call for Proposals: Brazil

Social Accountability for Preventing Crime and Violence


In Brazil, lack of data, coordination and transparency in the public security sector has created problems around government accountability on crime prevention. The World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategies have put emphasis on mainstreaming crime and violence prevention. In the last years, the World Bank has supported the federal government in the improvement of the governance of the sector including in aspects related to transparency and social accountability. As part of this ongoing dialogue, in 2018, The World Bank supported the preparation of the “National Policy of Public Security and Civil Defense” and made public its “Brazil Policy Note 2018: Confronting the Violence Epidemic in Brazil”, which emphasizes the needs to (i) improve governance by increasing coordination among citizen security interventions, planning processes and accountability mechanisms, and (ii) establish rigorous monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to generate the evidence necessary to develop policy, improve governance and design cost-effective operations. 

The Brazil GPSA Call for Proposals will solicit applications from CSOs to address the following: Use collaborative social accountability mechanisms to (i) engage citizens, particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups, in providing feedback on service delivery related to crime prevention and Ombudsman services; (ii) systematize service delivery data and cross-analyze it with other types of crime and violence data, particularly focused on the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditures in the public security sector, and (iii) engage local, state and federal public sector institutions in using the data generated to implement policy solutions to improve public security as well as to generate learning on the use of collaborative social accountability for public security in Brazil. 

The GPSA will prioritize proposals in Brazil that a) include matching co-funding from other donors, b) are implemented by CSOs' networks, alliances or partnerships, c) include on-granting from lead implementing CSO and CSO partners, and d) put forth innovative cooperation schemes between citizens, CSOs and public sector institutions.  


General Grant objectives

Grants are intended to provide strategic and sustained support to CSO projects with the following objectives: 

  1. Addressing critical governance and development challenges through social accountability processes that involve citizen feedback and participatory methodologies geared to helping governments and public-sector institutions address these challenges. Special emphasis is on problems that affect extreme poor and marginalized populations. 
  2. Strengthening civil society's capacities for social accountability by investing in CSOs' institutional strengthening and through mentoring of small, nascent CSOs by well-established, larger CSOs with a track record on social accountability. The GPSA will prioritize proposals that a) are implemented by CSOs' networks, alliances or partnerships, b) include on-granting from lead implementing CSO and CSO partners. 


General Grant selection 

The call prioritizes collaborative social accountability approaches, with the objective of generating systematic citizen feedback and its use by public sector institutions at the local, state and federal levels. Collaborative social accountability consists of inclusive citizen participation processes, whereby civil society organizations (CSOs) facilitate collaborative problem-solving spaces between citizens, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, and public sector institutions responsible for decision-making. The information produced should be used to introduce corrective measures and improvements in policy-making and implementation, including responses co-produced and co-implemented between citizens and the public sector.  

Proposals will have to demonstrate that they will use inclusive participation approaches to engage citizens, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, in generating systematic feedback and engaging them in collaborative problem-solving. They will also have to link participatory mechanisms to ongoing initiatives led by public sector institutions at the local, state and federal levels aimed at reforming governance in public security. Proposed interventions may combine a target geographic area but must be clearly linked to (a) public sector initiatives at higher levels (state or federal), and (b) the possibility of scaling up such mechanisms to cover larger geographic areas. The high-level objective will be to contribute to increasing transparency, accountability and inclusive citizen participation in the relevant sectors, as well as improving state and civil society capacities, knowledge and learning on the use of collaborative social accountability mechanisms in the sectors outlined in the national thematic descriptions.  


Before applying, please make sure to read the Application Guidelines and visit the Call for Proposals page