GPSA Announces Finalists for 2nd Round of Grants

We are happy to announce the selection of 8 projects in Ghana, Uganda, Moldova, DRC, Morocco, Mongolia, Paraguay and Tunisia as finalists for the 2nd round of GPSA grants. The grants, totaling close to US$6 million over the next five years, will help set up projects to tackle poor governance in the health services sector in Moldova, monitor social services in the cash transfer program in Paraguay, and make the budget work for citizens in Ghana, among other things.

Next steps for the finalists include a full due diligence assessment, and preparation of Project Papers for final approval by the Bank's Country Directors. The 8 finalists were selected from a pool of 428 applications, based on technical reviews by an international Roster of Experts. With this round of new grants, the GPSA will soon support 22 projects around the world. List of grantee finalists

Sierra Leone and Yemen Opt in to the GPSA

The latest countries to send in their opt in letter are Sierra Leone and Yemen. The GPSA now officially counts 37 countries among its opted-in countries. This allows the program to provide direct funding to CSOs operating in their territories. The majority of GPSA countries are in Africa, closely followed by the Latin America and Caribbean region, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. List of participating countries.
GPSA Coalition Grows to 130 Global Partners

With the endorsement of organizations such as the Avina Foundation, PIANGO, Bertelsmann Foundation, CEBRAP, Article XIX, Transparency International, GuideStar and Google Web Academy the partnership now includes more than 130 Global Partners. And it continues to grow, attracting entities from all over the world and a variety of profiles.

The extensive range of organizations, from CSOs and CSO networks, to foundations, research institutes, international development organizations and also private sector companies from across the world showcases the growing importance and recognition of the idea that social accountability, through its various tools and approaches, is key in solving the most difficult challenges in development. Full list of Global Partners


GPSA Global Partners Forum 

May 14-15, 2014 | World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C

The first GPSA Global Partner Forum will be an exciting opportunity for all GPSA Global Partners from around the world to share, connect and exchange knowledge on Social Accountability. Portions of the Forum will be live streamed.

List of GPSA Global Partners | Information on the Forum

Launch: GPSA Website  

The new GPSA website, expected to be launched in April, will feature relevant information about the GPSA program, upcoming events, global partners, grantees, and related information on social accountability. If you have upcoming events, videos, or stories related to Social Accountability you would like to see featured on the new website please contact Sara Holmberg (

Launch: GPSA Knowledge Platform 

The Knowledge Platform, expected to launch in April, aims to serve as the main tool for supporting the learning, networking and knowledge exchange of the GPSA's grantees and of other CSOs working on social accountability in the global south. The GPSA Knowledge Platform offers four functional modules: a knowledge repository, learning activities, a networking space and knowledge exchange forums. More information to come soon.

BBL: Social Participation in Policymaking: Does it Make a Difference? Analyzing the evolution and Effectiveness of participatory institutions in Brazil
April 14, 2014 | Speaker: Roberto Rocha Pires | RSVP:

BBL: Role of Interlocutors in Complex Collaborations
April 15, 2014 | Speaker: Alan Fowler, Professor Emeritus, International Institute of Social Studies | RSVP:


Social Accountability: What Does Evidence Really Say?
April 1, 2014 |12:30 -2:00pm| World Bank, Washington D.C.

The discussion of social accountability initiatives has increasingly focused on debates over their development impacts. Many conclude that the evidence is mixed. The analytical exercise takes another step, rethinking some of the most influential studies through a new lens: the distinction between tactical and strategic approaches to encouraging citizen voice to contribute to improved public sector performance. While some evaluations focus on bounded, tactical interventions that are based on very optimistic assumptions about the power of information alone to motivate collective action that can influence public sector performance, other studies address multi—pronged strategies that encourage enabling environments for collective action and try to bolster state capacity to actually respond to citizen voice. | Video recording  

The Role of Ombudsman Offices in Promoting Good Governance and Effective Service Delivery 
March 25, 2014 | 12:00-2:00pm | World Bank, Washington D.C.

To raise awareness and promote a better understanding on the role of the Ombudsman Office regarding the accountability of public service delivery as well as open government, this round-table will provide a glance at international experiences of different Ombudsman Offices in these areas. These experiences will illustrate different mechanisms and tools through which Ombudsman offices can facilitate citizen voice and public accountability.

Sponsored by: The World Bank, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Nordic Trust Fund, and the International Ombudsman Institute | Video recording

Knowledge, Solutions and Social Accountability
March, 11 2014 | World Bank, Washington D.C.

How can social accountability make development interventions more effective and strengthen the performance of public institutions? This was the topic of a discussion with Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Group Managing Director, and members of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Steering Committee. They exchanged views on key issues and opportunities for engagement around social accountability, knowledge and solutions for development challenges.

Video recording: English, Spanish, French

How Can Citizen Participation Enhance Value for Money? Lessons from the Philippines in Designing and Implementing Citizen Participatory Audits
February 25, 2014 | World Bank, Washington D.C.

In this discussion a successful model of citizen engagement in the audit process was presented: Citizens Participatory Audit (CPA) project in Philippines. CPA is a unique project wherein citizens comprised of CSOs, students, private sector and academic groups, conduct joint audit of selected government projects with the Commission of Audit (COA). This has resulted in the implementation of three participatory audits to assess the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers (CCTs), a solid waste management program, and a flood control project. | Video recording

Citizen Feedback on NGO work: Lessons learned from - an online platform to rate NGO performance
January 23, 2014 | World Bank, Washington D.C.

With a set-up that is comparable to Yelp, is the largest content collector and aggregator of beneficiary reviews about social programs implemented by NGOs. On the GreatNonprofits website, users can rate more than 1.8 million social programs from 1.4 million nonprofits in the United States. The platform now hosts over 200,000 reviews. The reviews help more than 20 million users to make decisions about whether to partner with or support non-profit organizations. The user-friendly methodology enables constructive dialogue between NGO staff and the citizens who benefit from their programs; thus, contributing to the transparency and accountability of the NGO sector.

GPSA BBL: Reconceptualizing Accountability in the Developing World through "Accountapreneurship"
January 8, 2014 | World Bank, Washington D.C.

The Accountability Lab has developed a new entrepreneurial approach to harness the creativity of citizens and help them change their societies, particularly in fragile contexts such as Liberia and Nepal - “we call it Accountapreneurship. We are putting our support behind individuals that want to turn their energy and innovation towards governance and transparency in their own communities. We incubate their cost effective, high-impact ideas through mentorship, networking, training and management support. We empower them to unlock the rich potential for political and economic development in their countries. 


Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Say?

By Jonathan Fox

Social accountability strategies try to improve public sector performance by bolstering both citizen engagement and government responsiveness. In practice, social accountability (SAcc) is an evolving umbrella category that includes:

  • Citizen monitoring/oversight/feedback on public sector performance
  •  User-centered public information access/dissemination
  •  Public complaint and grievance redress mechanisms
  •  Citizen participation in resource allocation decisions, such as participatory budgeting
  •  SAcc is one of many good governance strategies – some overlap and are mutually reinforcing
  • So, there is a menu of options, but how do we know what works? Read more... 


Case Study: Designing and Implementing a Capacity Building Program for Social Accountability: Lessons from Cambodias Program to Enhance Capacity in Social Accountability. 

Blog: Oxfam Tajikistan Workshop

Workshop: Rights in Principle and Accountable in Practice: Child Rights and Social Accountability in the Post-2015 World


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