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Edition 4 | September 2014


GPSA Updates

Dissemination Notes explore the key questions that every social accountability organization should ask themselves

In the GPSA, we - the grantees, Partners and staff - have been discussing a lot recently about the extent to which the social accountability field is ready to think politically and strategically. One of the questions we asked ourselves was: if international development partners created a space for the implementation of strategic social accountability, how would the field respond? Here we introduce a six-part series of notes that discuss whether the social accountability field is already primed with the knowledge and capabilities to design, implement, fund, and learn from strategic interventions. This series presents results from systematic analysis of more than 600 applications submitted to the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).


Dissemination Notes

Project Highlight | Improving access to and quality of health service provision
for vulnerable groups Concern Universal in Mozambique


My name is Esperan?a Alberto, I am 27 years old and mother of one daughter. I live in Maiaca community, about 90 kilometers distant from the town of MaÏa, capital of the district with the same name. Here in Maiaca we have a school and a hospital. I was happy when I heard that the SAKSAN Project came to assist associations and teach us how to talk to the government about our perceptions in relation to how we are treated in the hospital. It will be good because there are many problems in our hospital but the government does not solve them because the community maintains silence. Sometimes the government transfers nurses from Maiaca health post to other hospital during a long time (a month or two) and we are attended by servant. Often, the person makes an appointment and then the nurse says there is no medicine. In Maiaca hospital we have a midwife but many women and children die because of delays in the arrival of the vehicle - ambulance that transfer complicated cases to hospital, were there is a physician. Those are some of the things we would like to discuss with the government. I have confidence that at least the district government will accept to sit with us in the same room or under a tree to discuss our problems related to healthcare. In these meetings and in order to help the government, we will bring both the community concerns and proposals for solutions.

The GPSA is supporting Concern Mozambique to build the capacity of local community-based organizations to monitor the quality of health services in extreme poor and poor communities in Niassa and Zambezia provinces.  


Esperanca Alberto

Mario Marcel, World Bank Senior Director becomes Chair of GPSA Steering Committee

Following on the transition within the World Bank Group, Mario  Marcel, the GGP's Senior Director, has agreed to become the new Chair of the GPSA Steering Committee. As the World Bank Group has transitioned to a new structure, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability is now an integral part of the Bank's newly created Governance Global Practice (GGP). I look forward to taking on the chairmanship of the GPSA's Steering Committee, and to build on the progress this important initiative has made: more than 20 operations under implementation in all regions of the world, almost 200 Global Partners supporting the Partnership, an active knowledge component, and 39 countries that have opted-in. I sincerely thank the previous chair, Vice President Sanjay Pradhan, for his excellent leadership and vision in chairing this initiative over the past two years.
Read about the GPSA Steering Committee >> 


Mario Marcel

Global Partners: Making the difference

An exciting group of new Global Partners has joined the GPSA, making it possible to exchange more insights on social accountability, offer new resources to our grantees, and build our coalition for improving governance.

New Global Partners: ABONG | DI (Confederation of Danish Industry) | Embraer Institute for Education and Research | Inter-American Development Bank | Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation | Mo Ibrahim Foundation | Synergos | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative | Think Tanks & Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania | United Way
View the updated list >>




Where does the money go? Using Social Accountability to link public spending and service delivery outcomes: GPSA Brown Bag Lunch with George Oseh-Bimpeh from SEND Ghana | September 17, 12:30 am EDT - Read more >>

Citizens' trust in public institutions in Mexico: Are we on target? GPSA Brown Bag Lunch with Almudena Ocejo, CIESAS | September 23, 12:30 am EDT | See GPSA website for more details shortly >>


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


Promoting Social Accountability in the Education Sector: Experiences in the Philippines: GPSA Webinar with Joy Aceron and Redempto Parafina |September 2, 2014 - Read more >>


Beyond Theories of Change : Webinar with Brendan Halloran, TA/I | July 23 - Read more >>


Theories of Change: the Importance of Thinking Politically | Expert Forum | Read more >>


How could Civil Society collaborate with Public Oversight Institutions to advance Social Accountability? | Blog by Gilbert Sendugwa, AFIC | Contributions by several Global Partners | Read more >>




COMING SOON: Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say? | GPSA Working Paper written by Prof. Jonathan Fox (American University)


World Bank/IMF 2014 Annual Meetings: Registration Open | The Civil Society Program will be held from October 6-11, prior and during the IMF and WBG Annual Meetings. All CSO representatives interested in participating must request registration via the online form by September 22nd, 2014. Click here to request registration and here for more details on Civil Society Program. 


United Nations Public Service Awards | Call for Nominations | Closing on October 31, 2014 - Read more >>


New Directions in Governance | Governance Partnership Facility Conference | September 17-19, 2014 in London, UK | Read more >>


Maximum Available Resources | Friday, September 12, 2014 10:00 - 11:30am EDT | Three-webinar series organized by the International Budget Partnership, discuss the failure of Maximum Available Resources due to unnecessary spending, under-expenditure, and the lack of effectiveness in spending. Based on the recently published handbook by authors Ann Blyberg and Helena Hofbauer | Register and read more >>


Transparency & accountability advocacy in the Global South | Friday, Sept 19th, 2.00-5.00pm EDT | Forum organized by School of International Service at American University. Strategists from six leading public interest groups in Asia, Latin America and Africa will share their insights into challenges involved in their efforts to promote accountable governance at local, subnational, national and international levels. Read more and register >>


Other updates


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