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Please Comment on the Finalists: Grants on Social Accountability Initiatives

July 4, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In February, 2013, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) sought proposals on Social Accountability from Civil Society Organizations in Bangladesh.
  • 78 applications from Bangladesh were received.
  • Now the pre-selected proposals are open for your review. You can also leave your comments, at http://wrld.bg/mXvOe

In February 2013, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) launched a Call for Proposals on Social Accountability for CSOs in 12 countries to win grants ranging from US$ 500,000 - US$ 1,000,000.

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is a coalition of donors, governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that aims to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation. To achieve this objective, the GPSA provides strategic and sustained support to CSOs’ social accountability initiatives aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability.

GPSA’s first grants for social accountability projects

In Bangladesh, the GPSA sought Social Accountability proposals from CSOs that addressed the following areas:

1.       Strengthen citizen capacity to access local budget data to engage constructively in budget planning and implementation at the Union Parishad level within the framework of the Right to Information Act 2009, the open budgeting provisions of the Local Government Act 2009 and the Union Parishad Operational Manual of August 2012.

2.       Monitor and report on the open budgeting process at the Union Parishad level, including consistency of public expenditure planning and implementation with provisions in the Union Parishad Operational Manual.

Applications from Bangladesh

A total of 216 CSOs from the 12 participating countries responded to the first Call for Proposals, out of which 78 applications were received from Bangladesh. The GPSA has pre-selected 12 CSO projects from 10 countries as finalists for the GPSA’s first grants for social accountability projects. In its meeting on May 8 and 9, 2013, the GPSA Steering Committee discussed the top proposals in line with the GPSA strategic objectives. Selections were based on the reviews by a group of technical experts worldwide.

The GPSA Steering Committee (SC) selected CARE Bangladesh’s proposal “Journey for Advancement in Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JatRA)" for $644,138 in funding under the GPSA grant program. Public review and comments on CARE Bangladesh’s proposal were collected till July 10, 2013. A second proposal from the Manusher Jonno Foundation is now available for public comments.

Now you can comment on the pre-selected proposals!

Now you can review and comment on the pre-selected proposals during a five-day public disclosure period. The GPSA takes all comments received into consideration before giving the final approval of the project. The disclosure period will end on July 18, 2013.

General information on the proposal, comments received from the Government, instructions guiding public comments and a space to leave comments are available at the GPSA website.

Please review the proposal from Manusher Jonno Foundation titled: “Social Engagement for Budgetary Accountability (SEBA)" and leave your comments at: http://wrld.bg/mXvOe