GPSA Spotlight

October 31, 2017 | 9:45-10:45AM

Please note that these sessions are in draft form, and therefore are subject to change. 

The GPSA recognizes the value of having a diverse set social accountability approaches, methods, and interventions, all of which are applied by organizations across our Global Partners network and in this Forum. The GPSA itself has built, over the past five years, its own array of tools, methods and lessons that – while not universal or prescriptive in any way – we would like to share with our partner community. This first block of breakout sessions shines the proverbial spotlight on aspects of the GPSA’s approach – from the online Knowledge Platform to important lessons learned in building “implementation compacts,” alongside the media partnership and the World Bank’s recent World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law. Forum participants are invited to attend one of the four parallel sessions.


1. Nurturing the Capacities of Social Accountability Implementation Compacts

Presenters: Maria Poli, Capacity-Building Coordinator at GPSA; Saad Filali Meknassi, Senior Social Accountability Specialist (Africa and MENA)

This session will discuss lessons about the GPSA’s approach to supporting problem-driven social accountability.Presenters will introduce implementation compacts – a key concept to understand the GPSA’s value addition. Implementation compacts bring together local civil society coalitions, World Bank staff working on the specific issue and country, the GPSA social accountability advisors and, in some instances, other developing partners’ country staff. These compacts receive funding and implementation support to collaborate in opening the door to the public sector. Their joint goal is to build collaborative civil society-government spaces that feed actionable information for decision-makers and shift their preferences and incentives for solving concrete problems.

2. Governance & the Law: Operationalization of WDR 17

Moderator: Jeff Thindwa, Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank
Discussants: Edouard Al-Dadah Senior Public Sector Specialist at World Bank Governance Practice; Marco Larizza (TBD); Florencia Guerzovich, Senior Evaluation and Learning Advisor, GPSA

In this session, presenters will introduce the World Development Report 2017 (WDR 17) and discuss how social accountability processes, in general, and the GPSA, in particular, can support rules that strengthen coalitions for reform through greater constructive engagement between citizens and governments, especially where citizen-driven information and their interests have been left out.

3. Social Accountability & Media 

Presenter: Thomas Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative

Building advocacy communications skills allows communities and civil society organizations—and particularly traditionally marginalized groups—to more effectively participate with, and make demands on, officials and media to promote social accountability activities from grass-roots to global levels. We will discuss how to best help social accountability advocates effectively communicate to convincingly promote their projects and the social accountability agenda more broadly.

4. Co-creating an Improved Social Accountability Knowledge Platform

Presenters: Marine Perron, Analyst, Fundar; Janet Oropeza, Researcher, Fundar

Social accountability (SAcc) practitioners around the world face complex governance problems (unequal access to water, education, housing; corruption; low accountability, etc.) that require innovative and well-designed projects and approaches. However, practitioners do not always have the resources or the expertise to design such projects and donors have limited funds to support capacity building opportunities. In this scenario, online platforms have emerged as an alternative to learn and exchange knowledge on SAcc. But when and how can they be truly useful?

In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to conceptualize the knowledge platform that best addresses the needs of social accountability practitioners. At the end of this workshop we will have identified the type of activities, tools and strategies that we would like to see in a knowledge platform. The inputs gathered from participants in this session will be used to improve the GPSA Knowledge Platform.