The Government of Armenia has recently opted-in to the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). Civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country are now eligible to participate in the current Calls for Proposals and potentially receive funding for social accountability projects in the country.

GPSA projects generally have a 3 to 5 years duration. They are accompanied by a strong capacity building and implementing support program for the partners to ensure the success of the projects through collaborative social accountability.

To opt-in, a government needs to send a letter to the relevant World Bank Country Director, signed by a representative of the World Bank’s counterpart in government, requesting to opt-in. In the letter, the government confirms that CSOs in the country are eligible to receive support from the GPSA. The government also designates a point of contact for matters relating to the GPSA, who will also provide the GPSA with the government’s comments on project proposals that are pre-selected to receive grant support from the GPSA.

Armenia is the ninth country from the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) to opt-in to the program. The GPSA currently has six projects in ECA (two each in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Moldova, and one in Georgia). There are 11 GPSA Global Partners in the Region. With Armenia, the total GPSA opted-in countries are now 53. The GPSA has given over USD $30m in grant support to CSOs and implemented a grant portfolio of 40 projects in 27 countries across all World Bank regions.