The Government of Nepal 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 South Asia region (SAR). Bigyan Pradhan, Senior Operations Officer at the World Bank, said, “Nepal is now entering into a new democratic era with the new Constitution which has empowered the provincial and local governments to aspire for development that responds to the needs of the people. The Bank’s GPSA Program in this respect is timely, potentially supporting the government’s development priorities and helping to build greater awareness in citizens about good governance, accountability and transparency. Nepal already has successful stories of citizen engagement in development programs, more laudably by making provision for citizens to engage and partner with the Office of the Auditor General in its performance auditing. There is also ongoing local capacity building for social accountability in public financial management, supported by a multi-donor trust fund. The GPSA reflects the Bank’s commitment to work closely with the Government of Nepal in advancing citizen engagement in the Bank’s portfolio.” 

Nepal is the second country from SAR to opt-in to the program. Through a new partnership with the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank, the GPSA will support resilience and mitigation efforts in Nepal. The GPSA currently has two projects in Bangladesh and 19 Global Partners in the region. To date, 52 countries have opted-in. Where We Operate>>>