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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 Senegal, the GPSA seeks proposals for Social Accountability initiatives and programs from Civil Society Organizations to address one or all of the following:

  • Strengthen CSOs capacity to implement social accountability projects. The interventions should allow organizations to build the necessary skills to strengthen citizen engagement and monitoring of service provision. Proposal should focus at least in one of the following sectors.
  • Land governance: Develop capacities to monitor the use of land and to protect the access rights of vulnerable group, women in particular. Once the capacities are in place, the monitoring activities will be used by the government to ensure that land attribution to national/foreign private sector is transparent.
  • Education: Develop capacities to monitor the provision of service delivery. Once the capacities are in place, the information produced will be used by the Ministry of Education to assess the performance of the School Management Committees.
  • Social protection: Develop capacities to monitor the Conditional Cash Transfer program. Once the capacities are in place, the information produced by the interventions will be used by the Office of the President to strengthen the eligibility criteria and improve the program.

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 Senegal please contact:

Mademba Ndiaye