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Call For Proposals: Social Accountability Initiatives and Programs

June 30, 2015


The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015.


The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) supports civil society and governments to work together to solve critical governance challenges in developing countries. To achieve this objective, the GPSA provides strategic and sustained support to CSOs’ social accountability initiatives aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability. It builds on the World Bank’s direct and ongoing engagement with public sector actors, as well as a network of Global Partner organizations, to create an enabling environment in which citizen feedback is used to solve fundamental problems in service delivery and to strengthen the performance of public institutions. Through a country-tailored approach, GPSA-supported activities are implemented in sectors where the World Bank has a strong involvement and can help governments respond to citizen feedback.

The GPSA works to “close the loop” by supporting citizens to have a more articulated voice, helping governments to listen, and assisting government agencies to act upon the feedback they receive.

The GPSA is pleased to announce its 3rd Global Call for Proposals. In Democratic Republic of Congo, the GPSA seeks proposals for Social Accountability initiatives and programs from Civil Society Organizations to address one or all of the following:


  • To monitor and report on the quality of health service provisions using social accountability mechanisms, particularly for vulnerable groups, such as women and children. The information produced will be used by the Ministry of Health to access and quality of service provision at the local level.
  • To develop a stronger citizen engagement framework to monitor service provision at the local level. The information produced will be used by the Provincial Ministry of Budget and Planning in South Kivu to improve the public expenditures management and to better engage with citizens
  • To monitor and report on the conditions of women in areas of mining operations using social accountability mechanisms. The information produced will be used by multiple Ministries, such as Mines, Interior and Security, Education, Gender, Health, Environment, and Planning, to better protect/reduce the vulnerability of children in mining areas, and to better engage with parents and the community in the importance of minimizing the exposure of children to these conditions.
  • Link any of the above themes to institutional strengthening activities and capacity-building through a “learning-by-doing” approach that will result in an increased capacity to implement social accountability.

Following the GPSA’s approach, it is expected that the information produced will also be used by other public sector institutions beyond the Executive, including Supreme Audit Institutions, legislative bodies, independent regulatory agencies, and other oversight bodies.



In order to be considered, proposals must demonstrate clearly that:

  1. The project will push the boundaries from pilots to large-scale interventions that may be replicated country-wide;
  2. The proposed intervention is related to ongoing initiatives focusing on similar objectives. It should identify the value added of GPSA support;
  3. Projects that proposes clear mentoring and partnership arrangements with other CSOs (local and national) and community-based organizations; and
  4. The project will generate information that is needed to complement existing processes already supported by relevant public institutions. 

GPSA supports proposals that:

  • Have an estimated duration of 3 to 5 years, in order to enable sustained and strategic funding for Social Accountability;
  • To find out the indicative funding range for the 3rd Global Call for Proposals, please visit our website at www.thegpsa.org


Eligible CSOs:

Legal entities that fall outside the public or for profit sector, such as non-government organizations, not-for-profit media organizations, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional organizations, labor unions, workers’ organizations, associations of elected local representatives, foundations and policy development and research institutes.

Applicant CSO must provide proof of legal status in one of GPSA’s eligible (“opted-in”) countries.

Please review the GPSA Application Guidelines for details about how to apply for a grant, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and selection process.

The deadline to submit proposals is August 12, 2015.

If you are interested in applying please visit www.thegpsa.org to read the GPSA Application Guidelines and to access the application forms.

For information on the Orientation Session organized by the World Bank offices in Democratic Republic of Congo please contact:

Louise Mekonda