World Bank Fosters Civic Participation in the Arab World

September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2011World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and Director of Governance and Civic Engagement at CARE, Egypt, Amr Lashin, today signed a financial agreement granting CARE seed funding to kick start a network across the Middle East and North Africa designed to foster accountability through civic participation.

The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) for the Arab world is a regional grouping of practitioners in participatory governance and social accountability including members of governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and media.

Today’s signing awards first-year funding of a $ 500 000 grant to CARE Egypt from the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility (DGF) as seed capital to help facilitate and establish ANSA across the Arab world. This is the first year of potentially three years of support.

As with ANSA groupings in other regions of the world whose initiation the Bank has helped facilitate, the grant funding is designed to help strengthen the capacity of stakeholders working on social accountability and transparency in service delivery.

The seed funding for the establishment of ANSA-Arab World is designed to support the network for three years while the body builds its own momentum and sources of funding and ownership.

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