The Government of Kosovo recently opted-in to 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 program for the grantees to ensure the success of the projects through constructive engagement and strategic social accountability mechanisms.

This move further signals the progress that the GPSA has been making in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. Mr. Avdullah Hoti, Minister of Finance of Kosovo, said, “I am very delighted that we have opted-in to the World Bank Group’s GPSA program. Kosovo remains committed in enhancing the governance, transparency and accountability of its institutions. In this context, being part of the GPSA is a testimony to this commitment and ensures that our CSOs receive strategic and sustained support to their social accountability initiatives while enhancing citizen participation. I am looking forward to our close cooperation with the GPSA and hoping that the program will promptly support social accountability initiatives from Kosovo’s CSOs aimed at further strengthening transparency and accountability in our country.”

The GPSA has significant representation in the ECA region, with eight opted-in countries, five projects, two donors and 11 Global Partners. Furthermore, the GPSA is moving towards a regional approach in the spirit of strategic social accountability. Together with the World Bank’s Water Partnership Program (WPP) and Oxfam, the GPSA is organizing its first regional forum on social accountability in Tajikistan. To date, 51 countries have opted-in. Where We Operate>>>