Edition 3 | July 2014

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Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the GPSA Newsletter! The last few months have seen many GPSA activities, which are featured here.


GPSA Updates

The Partnership gets mobilized: a look back at the GPSA Forum

Held on May 14 and 15, 2014, the GPSA’s first Global Partners Forum was a milestone event. The Forum brought to life and mobilized the GPSA’s rapidly growing network of Global Partners - CSOs, academic institutions, development agencies and businesses. More than 200 participants representing over 165 organizations from 50 countries convened in Washington for 2 days. There was an uncommon vibrancy among the participants, who also engaged in a dialogue with World Bank President Jim Kim. The Global Partners Forum leaves a legacy, as well as an immediate agenda for action, in the form of Working Groups of Global Partners and an energized and empowered Partnership. Read more, watch the VIDEO and see pictures of the Forum >>

2nd GPSA Grantees Workshop launches new projects

Marking the kick-off for the 2014 round of GPSA grants, the second Workshop for GPSA Grantees was held at the World Bank in Washington DC on May 12th and 13th 2014. The workshop was attended by the 22 GPSA grantees, experts from around the world and World Bank staff supporting the grantee projects.  The workshop is part of the GPSA’s capacity building program for grantees, which is intended to help the projects get off to a promising start. Among the topics and themes that participants covered together: Approaches to Social Accountability; Engaging with Government; Gender; Horizontal Accountability Mechanisms; Media Engagement; Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting; Collaborating on Research; Sustainability; Knowledge and Learning; Producing Government Responses. Read more >>


CheckMySchool - ANSA EAP in the Philippines | Project Highlight

The GPSA and Open Society Foundation are supporting ANSA-EAP’s CheckMySchool project. CMS aims to establish local partnerships between government, parents and students at 46,000 schools in the Philippines, in order to help students and parents access accurate information and give feedback about schools’ performances to the Ministry of Education through a web-based platform. Over the past year, CMS has worked on a memorandum with the Department of Education (DepEd) to endorse CheckMySchool in all schools in the Philippines. ANSA-EAP together with DepEd will be developing a documentary on the state of education services in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Meanwhile, it launched an issue resolution campaign, aiming to address issues at the local level through roundtable discussions, involving CMS volunteers, local school boards, and local DepEd staff. Read more >>

Welcoming new Global Partners  

With the Global Partners Forum fresh in mind, we are seeing a remarkable number of new organizations joining the Partnership. The richness of experiences and knowledge that these development partners bring to the program will have an impact on its success. 19 new Global Partner organizations have joined the GPSA since May, bringing the GPSA’s membership to 183. We welcome these organizations and look forward to partnering with them in the implementation of the GPSA program. View the updated list >>

New Global Partners: African Child Policy Forum | Anesvad | Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute | Ghana Integrity Initiative | Global Integrity | Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas | Hadassah International | ICCO | Konrad Adenauer Stiftung | Nestlé | Partners In Health | Rede Nossa São Paulo | Save the Children | Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce & Industry | Todos Pela Educação | Trocaire | Uniethos | White Ribbon Alliance | World Wide Web Foundation



Beyond Theories of Change: Working Politically for Transparency and Accountability: Webinar with Brendan Halloran from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative | July 23, 10:00 am EDT - Read more >>

Interested in joining an e-course on "Fostering Social Accountability"? Give us your feedback and help design an e-course that meets your needs. Coming in September. Go to the quick survey >>


Did you miss a GPSA Brown Bag Lunch? Webinar? See video recordings of past events:

People, Power and Accountability through Social Return on Investment: BBL with the Social Return on Investment Network (SROI) | June 4 - Read more >>

Putting Your Learning & Knowledge Management Plan To Work For Your Social Accountability Strategy | GPSA E-Forum | June 9-20 - Read more >>

The UK Experience: Supporting NGO Effectiveness: BBL with Bond UK | June 10 - Read more >>

Citizens Monitoring Mayors: Promoting Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in the Sustainable Governance of Cities in Brazil: BBL with Rede Nossa Sao Paulo | June 18 - Read more >>

Building Capacity For Constructive Engagement Between Civil Society And The Government: GPSA Webinar with Robin Griggs | May 22 - Read more >>



Networking Board | Share information with other social accountability practitioners on your work, materials, up-coming events, news and weblinks. | http://gpsaknowledge.org/networking/ (don't forget to register and log in to the Knowledge Platform first)

Knowledge Repository | Contribute to the GPSA Knowledge Platform by sending materials on social accountability, up-coming events, etc. to gpsakp@fundar.org.mx | Visit the Knowledge Repository >>

Ombudsman Institutions: Bridging the Citizen-Government Gap | Blog by Marcos Mendiburu, Sr. Social Development Specialist at the World Bank | http://gpsaknowledge.org/blog/ombudsman-institutions-bridging-the-citizen-government-gap/Read more >>

GPSA Results Framework (updated May 2014) |

GPSA In Review | Published May 2014 | Read more >>

Dissemination Notes | An analysis of the grant applications received by the GPSA in its first and second Calls for Proposals  | Coming soon


Other updates

Have you noticed? The GPSA has moved to a new website! Visit us today at www.theGPSA.org

The GPSA Secretariat moves from the World Bank Institute to the new Governance Global Practice (GGP) of the World Bank! Read more about the Global Practices >>

GPSA is on Twitter!  Follow GPSA_org and #SocialAcc

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