The Bank has collaborated with several foundations and other partners to launch the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) a year ago — a potentially powerful and transformational tool to amplify citizen voice and accountability, said Sanjay Pradhan, vice president of the World Bank Institute. Some 15 countries are participating, with others in the process of opting in.
The partnership is part of a movement to open up information, data, and knowledge to create a more transparent and participatory development process. The Bank Group has opened its own data and research to the public, and is working with countries and donors to open government budgets, development-related contracts, data on aid flows, projects, and the private sector.
The Aga Khan, Ford, Gates, Hewlett, Charles Stewart Mott, and Open Society foundations, along with the German Marshall Fund and TrustAfrica, helped develop GPSA, whose grants will build the capacity of civil society and citizens to participate in open development. The Aga Khan foundation was the latest partner to announce funding for the GPSA at the Foundations Advisory Council meeting last Friday. Ford contributed $3 million at the launch of the GPSA, and OSF recently committed a further $3 million in parallel funding.
"We have the chance to put citizens at the center of development",said Pradhan. "This partnership can be the bridge between the demand and supply sides of governance and bring the voice of the poor and the marginalized onto the table of these big players of development", he said.