The Global Partnership for Social Accountability-GPSA is seeking nominations to fill a seat for civil society organizations (CSOs) on its Steering Committee. The vacancy is for a CSO member from a ‘Part I’ or developed country to complement the two current members from low income countries. The new member will serve for a term of 3 years.
Established by the World Bank’s Board of Directors in 2012, the GPSA is situated in the World Bank’s Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice. It promotes collaboration of civil society and governments using social accountability approaches to address critical development challenges, primarily through grants to civil society organizations (CSOs). The Program gives technical support to enable CSO grant partners to use adaptive, fit-for-purpose approaches that engage citizens, grassroots communities, multi-stakeholder coalitions, public sectors and World Bank teams. More information can be found in this GPSA Brief and Update.
The Steering Committee is a central feature of the GPSA’s governance structure established in the GPSA Board Paper to oversee and guide the overall strategy for the Program. It also approves grant proposals from CSOs on a no-objection, consensus basis. Its members advocate for the Program and help it to mobilize resources.
The Committee has a balanced representation of three members each from CSOs, donors and developing country (or ‘Part II’) governments, plus the World Bank as co-chair. It meets once a year in Washington, D.C., and at other times virtually as needed.
We are inviting you to submit nominations, for yourself or other individuals from developed country CSOs based on the following principles and criteria:
- be from a CSO that is legally established in a developed country
- have interest and experience in social accountability practice and collaboration of civil society and governments to address development challenges, per the GPSA Board Paper
- have a track record of advocacy and leadership in strengthening civil society
- be able to engage governments and other development stakeholders including the World Bank to support development goals
- be available to devote time on a voluntary basis to support GPSA goals
- have high professional integrity and be respected in the development community
CSO members of the GPSA Steering Committee serve in their individual capacity and do not represent their organizations. If they leave the Committee, therefore, they are not replaced from their organization.
The Steering Committee strives for diversity of its members and therefore encourages nominations from women, sexual and gender minorities and persons with disability, among others.
To submit your nomination(s), please fill this FORM.
Please note that the final date to submit nominations has been pushed to January 7, 2021.
Nominations are screened by the GPSA Secretariat and evaluated by a subpanel of Steering Committee members who will make the final recommendation to the Steering Committee and World Bank.
GPSA grants are provided to CSOs in GPSA ‘opted-in’ countries. Nominees for the Steering Committee are advised that, once selected, their organization would no longer be eligible to apply for GPSA grant funding for the duration of their tenure.
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