The GPSA’s governance structure comprises of a Steering Committee, chaired by the World Bank and a balanced representation of CSOs, donors and governments, consistent with the GPSA’s Board Paper. The Committee provides guidance on strategy for the GPSA and approves CSO grant proposals.


World Bank Representative & Chair of the Steering Committee

Government Members

  • Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary for the Local Government, Government of Bangladesh
  • Ms. Eva Mends, Head of Budget Reform, Ministry of Finance, Ghana
  • Mexico (to be nominated)

CSO Members

  • Ms. Lindsay Coates, Managing Director, Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative, BRAC
  • Mr. Said Issa, Board Chairman, ANSA-Arab World and Grass Roots Manager, Lebanese Transparency Association
  • Mr. Gopa Thampi, Director, Economic Governance – Sri Lanka, The Asia Foundation

Donor Members

  • Mr. Aleem Walji, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation USA
  • Mr.Tim Meisburger, Director of the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Center at USAID, United States
  • Ms. Annamari Tornikoski, Senior Adviser, Good Governance and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Policy, Finland


Overview of GPSA Steering Committee Meetings:

January 17, 2012: Strategic directions for the operation of the Program, followed by a Roundtable featuring World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Managing Director Caroline Anstey, on issues and opportunities for social accountability and the science of delivery.

May 8 and 9, 2013: Proposals and allocation of GPSA grants from 1st Call for Proposals .

March 10 and 11, 2014: Proposals and allocation of GPSA grants from 2nd Call for Proposals. The meetings were followed by a Roundtable discussion on ‘Knowledge, Solutions and Social Accountability’

May 11, 2015: Discussion on (a) the GPSA’s Evaluation; (b) the Resource Mobilization Strategy; (c) Steering Committee Renewal; and (d) Third Call for Proposals.

January 27 and 28, 2016: Proposals and allocation of GPSA grants from  3rd Call for Proposals followed by a Roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) featuring Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice-President, 2030 Development Agenda and United Nations Relations and Partnerships, World Bank Group.

February 23, 2017: GPSA 2020 Vision Strategy followed by a Roundtable on engaging civil society in situations of fragility, conflict, and violence, featuring Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank Group.

March 5 and 6, 2018: Discussion on (a)  Update on the GPSA’s 2020 strategy, portfolio and internal partnerships; (b) review the resource mobilization initiative; and (c) define the next rotation of the Steering Committee; followed by a Roundtable on Accountability in Education: The Role of Citizens in Accelerating Learning for All featuring Dan Stoner, Co-Chair of the Basic Education Coalition and Vice President for Education and Child Protection at Save the Children US, Omar Arias, Manager for Global Knowledge & Innovation, Education Global Practice, and Alice Albright, CEO Global Partnership for Education