Call for Proposals: Civil Society Organizations in Malawi

February 12, 2013


  • The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is calling for proposals from Malawi's civil society organizations
  • Interested organizations can attend an orientation in Lilongwe, Feb. 20, 2013 at 3 pm at the World Bank, Mulanje House, City Centre or in Blantyre, Feb. 25, 2013 at 8:30 am at Mt. Soche Hotel
  • The proposal deadline for grants up to US$1 million is Thursday, March 14, 2013


Civil society organizations in Malawi can win up to US$1 million in grant money to monitor and report on the education sector, and strengthen social accountability.

The grants are offered by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), 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. The GPSA will contribute to country-level governance reforms and improved service delivery. To achieve this objective, the GPSA provides strategic and sustained support to CSOs’ social accountability initiatives aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability.

The GPSA is looking for CSOs in Malawi that will:

  • Monitor and report on the procurement processes of the education sector, thereby strengthening the engagement and cooperation between CSOs and the Office of the Director of Public Procurement. The information provided will be used to ensure a transparent and efficient use of public resources in the education sector.
  • Monitor and report on teachers’ absenteeism to inform the Ministry of Education, thereby strengthening the engagement and cooperation between CSOs and the Ministry. The information provided will be used by the Ministry in the design and implementation of policies to reduce teachers’ absenteeism.
  • Strengthen institutional capacity of CSOs working on Social Accountability

Proposals may focus on one or more of the above mentioned priority areas.

 GPSA Funding Modalities

  • Social Accountability Initiatives and Programs
  • Mentoring and capacity-building of nascent CSO, including on-granting. These proposals must be submitted by CSOs with proven track record on social accountability, that are legal entities in one of the “opted-in” countries and the activities should take place in one of these countries.
  • Strengthening Institutional Capacity of CSOs working on Social Accountability

Grants can support:

  • Up to 100% of project’s total cost.
  • Up to 50% of total organization budget.
  • Projects with an estimated duration of 3 to 5 years.

What is a Civil Society Organization for the purpose of a GPSA?

  • Non-government organizations
  • Not-for-profit media organizations
  • Charitable organizations
  • Faith-based organizations 
  • Professional organizations 
  • Labor unions 
  • Worker's organizations
  • Associations of elected local representatives
  • Foundations
  • Policy development institutes
  • Research institutes

Eligibility Criteria for Civil Society Organizations

·         Legal status: the recipient needs to be a legal entity in Malawi and provide proof of such legal status;

·         Representation: key criteria are community ties, accountability to members or beneficiaries, diversity and gender sensitivity;

·         Governance: sound internal management policies and practices, comprising organizational dimensions, such as clear management roles and responsibilities, clear methods of planning and organizing activities, human capital, financial and technical resources, and partnerships;

·         Transparency: including disclosure of sources of funding, financial accountability and governance transparency;

·         Fiduciary capacity: ability to meet applicable World Bank policies for grants;

·         Institutional capacity: appropriate scale of operations, facilities, and equipment;

·         Competence: proposed executing team possesses relevant skills and experience across all areas for which activities have been proposed;

·         Proven track record: organization can provide evidence of its experience (at least 3-5 years) in the area of the call for proposals, and a vision matching the goals of the GPSA.

Orientation Session

Organizations that intend to submit a proposal are invited to attend an orientation session as follows:

Lilongwe: February 20 at 3 pm to 5 pm at the World Bank, Mulanje House, City Centre

Blantyre: February 25 at 8:30 am to 11 am at Mt. Soche Hotel

Please confirm your attendance with Zeria Banda - zbanda@worldbank.org

HOW TO APPLY: To obtain further information and submit an E-application please visit the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

For help completing the E-application please contact: gpsa@worldbank.org