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Global Partnership for Social Accountability 5th Global Call for Proposals
GPSA announces two new projects from its Fifth Global Call for Proposals!
GPSA’s Fifth Global Call for Proposals was launched in November 2021 to support civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO Networks in implementing collaborative social accountability approaches that address critical governance and development challenges.
GPSA invited its opted-in countries, through the World Bank’s country management units, to express interest to participate in the CfP. GPSA then opened the application process for CSOs in the below referenced shortlist of countries and developing themes.
Eighteen CSOs from these countries applied for funding, and today we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 5th Global Call for Proposals grants:
- Armenia - Climate action, post-pandemic recovery, building a green and resilient economy. Proposal title: “Water for Life: Improving Governance for Accessible Water Resources”. Applicant: The Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD, Urban Foundation). Amount: US$402k
- Kosovo - Green transition challenges. Proposal title: “Kosovo – Green Action”. Applicant: Balkan Green Foundation (BGF). Amount: US$500k
All proposals were subject to an initial two-step Identification/Concept Review process carried out by the respective CMUs, the GPSA Secretariat and an independent roster of technical experts. Following this review, the Secretariat presented for Steering Committee endorsement a list of pre-selected proposals in these countries to be implemented over the next three years, with a total funding envelope of US$902,000. The pre-selection of grantees was endorsed by the GPSA Steering Committee on February 25, 2022.
Commenting on proposals
Pre-selected proposals are sent to the governments of participating countries for a 10-day commenting period. After this, the proposals are made available for public comments for a 5-day period.
The revised project proposals submitted to the 5th Call for Proposals are being posted below as they become available for the 5-day public commenting period:
Proposed project title: Water for Life: Improving Governance for Accessible Water Resources
Organization: The Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD)
Proposed project title: Kosovo Green Action
Organization: Balkan Green Foundation (BGF)
About the Call for Proposals
- The Call prioritizes CSO-led collaborative social accountability approaches that entail coalition efforts that engage local communities and citizens including vulnerable groups, and work with public sectors, at local, state and federal levels. The goal is to co-create solutions to jointly identified problems in the selected thematic areas. Information generated from social accountability processes can enable for corrective measures to be taken, and improvement of policy implementation and delivery of services.
- CSO proposals will need to show how they will include marginalized and vulnerable groups in the social accountability processes. Importantly, it will be critical to make the links between the CSO-led processes and appropriate reform initiatives or programs led by the public sector at the local, state and federal levels. This will also be important in order to identify paths to scaling up the CSO-led mechanisms, and indeed their institutionalization through government delivery systems.
- Lead CSOs will also demonstrate clear objectives and methods for strengthening both civil society and state capacities, particularly for working adaptively and collaboratively, and for advancing social accountability knowledge and learning from implementation.
What are the priority themes of this CfP?
The focus of the CfP will be: transformative use of social accountability to solve pressing development challenges. Short-listed countries will define a theme within the following menu based on the GPSA’s mission and track record:
- Health systems strengthening in the context of the COVID-19 recovery
- Citizen voices and oversight for climate action (just transition and locally-led climate dialogues)
- Cross-cutting themes: Inclusion, CivicTech
Only applications from CSOs in the shortlisted countries within the descripted national theme will be eligible.
CSOs include legal entities that are part of a broad-based sector of organizations which operate in the public sphere and interact with the state, market, communities and individuals. The sector encompasses a wide range and variety of non-governmental, not for profit entities -including media – associating, associating to advance the interests and values of their members or others based on cultural, economic, social, religious, political or other aims. They include charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional organizations, labor unions, workers’ organizations, associations of elected local representatives, foundations and policy development and research institutes, and more. If your organization is a non-profit international inter-governmental organization, it is not eligible to apply for a grant.
CSOs with current legal status in the GPSA opted-in country, and proven track-record in the social accountability field can respond to the CfP. They will submit their applications directly to the GPSA.
The GPSA will not support:
- Entities or groups with partisan associations
- Grant applications which include activities which, because of the high inherent risk of political interference, are likely to raise issues related to the World Bank’s mandate as enshrined in its Articles of Agreement. These activities include political dimensions in governance, for instance, support of efforts to help organize political parties, or to the organization, running and monitoring of elections; political campaigning; and
- Grant applications which include sectarian and religious proselytizing activities.
GPSA grant amounts will range between around USD$400,000-$500,000 over a period of three to four years. Grants must close by December 30, 2025 as the GPSA Multi-Donor Trust Fund closes June 30, 2026.
However, requests for funding below this range will also be considered, and the total amount granted may be lower than US$ 400,000 to US$ 500,000. The total envelope for this CfP is approximately US$ 5.5. million.
Criteria used by the GPSA for shortlisting of countries
The criteria the GPSA used for shortlisting countries included:
- The GPSA can only give grants in opted-in countries.
- Government and World Bank country management demand in a given country, as well as alignment with the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework;
- Synergies with current and pipeline World Bank operations;
- Potential impact of grant
- A longlist of “opted-in” countries prioritizes those that have not received a previous GPSA grant. Countries that have received a previous GPSA grant may be included if criteria (i), (ii) and (iv) are fulfilled. The GPSA secretariat will narrow down this longlist of countries based on the criteria above.
The GPSA will host orientation sessions for CSOs – the date will be announced here, so stay tuned. The session will cover FAQs, grant selection process, and further details about the 5th Call for Proposals, and responded to questions from participants who attend the session.
How to Apply
- Applications are submitted through the GPSA website: www.thegpsa.org
Please visit the GPSA website and click on the link to the 5th Call for Proposals.
Review your country’s priority theme(s) included in the country call for proposals.
- ✓ Download the Word Application Form template.
- ✓ Fill out the Application Form and submit it to the GPSA by email to GPSACall4Proposals@worldbank.org
- Please note: all grant applications, without exception, must be submitted in English. The GPSA will not consider applications written in other languages.
- If you have any questions about the grant application process, you may contact the GPSA’s Help Desk at email@example.com.