The panel will bring together representatives from civil society, government and the World Bank to share perspectives on key issues and opportunities in the implementation of the new Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), including progress made to date. Participants will gain an understanding of how this initiative could benefit civil society organizations working for greater transparency and accountability in developing countries. The discussion will provide an opportunity to generate insights that will shape the next steps for the GPSA as the first round of projects gets underway.
The GPSA is a coalition of donors, governments and CSO partners launched by the World Bank in 2012 with the goal to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation. As part of its focus on providing strategic long-term support to civil society organizations that work on social accountability programs, the GPSA recently issued its first Call for Proposals to fund CSO projects in 12 participating countries. A knowledge platform on social accountability is also being prepared.