The Government of the Central African Republic recently opted into the GPSA, making civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country eligible to participate in future Calls for Proposals and potentially receive funding for social accountability projects in the country. GPSA grants generally last between 3 to 5 years and 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.

The Central African Republic is the twentieth country from the Sub-Saharan Africa region to opt into the program. Since its inception, the GPSA has had 14 projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (one in Benin, one in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two in Ghana, one in Guinea, one in Madagascar, two in Malawi, one in Mauritania, one in Mozambique, one in Niger, one in Rwanda, one in Sierra Leone, and one in Uganda). There are more than 50 GPSA Global Partners in the region spread across 24 countries. With the Central African Republic, the total GPSA opted-in countries are now 54. 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.