Money Matters: Public Finance and Social Accountability for Human Capital

October 30 - November 1

World Bank Group | Washington, DC

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Global Partners Forum of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA)!

Money matters in the public sector, with emphasis on human capital, is the theme of the 2018 GPSA Global Partners Forum. Thirty years after the introduction of participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the GPSA takes stock of the role of social accountability in public finance. Focusing on human capital underscores the link between investing in people and prosperity and wellbeing.

The 2018 GPSA Global Partners Forum aims to better equip the GPSA multi-stakeholder partnership to understand and operate in the broad field of Public Finance, as a resource to achieve their development goals. The Forum will highlight innovations and build shared perspectives, through plenary discussions, and break new ground through partner-led sessions, focusing on skill sharing and capacity building, as well as showcasing thought leadership, practices and research in the field. As a field-shaping initiative, the Forum will assess what has been achieved through social accountability initiatives in public finance, where we fall short on our aspirations, and what opportunities and challenges does the field present, influencing the agenda of governments, donors, civil society groups, and other development partners.

The Global Partners Forum takes place annually at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, and has become the pre-eminent global summit on social accountability for development. It convenes the GPSA’s vibrant Global Partners Network consisting of practitioners and thought leaders across civil society, governments, academia and business, alongside World Bank professionals.

In our past editions we focused on topics such as “Citizen Action for Open, Accountable and Inclusive Societies(2017); “Social Accountability for Development Impact” (2016); “Social Accountability for Citizen-Centric Governance: A Changing Paradigm” (2015) and “What Works in Social Accountability?” (2014).

The Forum is consistently a co-creation between the GPSA Secretariat and key Global Partners, and features World Bank leadership, including World Bank senior management, prominent thought leaders and practitioners in the field, as well as GPSA grantees and partners, in a variety of panels, workshops, small group discussions, networking sessions, and high-level plenary sessions. The Forum also features a ‘market-place’ for showcasing good practices and important innovations.

Download the Forum Brief [PDF].

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