The World Bank has announced the launch of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), an initiative that will offer funds to Tunisian organizations involved with civic engagement efforts for the purpose of enhancing development.
“Most people know the World Bank through its works with governments , however we work with civil society too,” according to a spokeswoman for the GPSA in Tunisia. “This project is a way for the World Bank to shift that attention to another area, which is to get people to have a say in what the government is doing.”
With the collaboration of donors, governments and civil society organizations, the GPSA aims to improve governance and service delivery. The program will target a myriad of activities related to social transparency, such as the public disclosure of budgets and access to information.
“The objective is to encourage civil society to play an active role in holding government more accountable to its citizens,” according to the GPSA team.
The GPSA functions through endorsing the initiatives of civil society organizations to improve transparency and accountability.
“Our work with civil society has long-term objectives, which is why the program aims to support CSOs over a period of 3-5 years,” a GPSA team member said. “Civic engagement is extremely important. Applicants will be asked to provide concrete results indicators for each proposal and the overall evaluation will look at the long-term impact of the program.”
Launched on February 11, 2013, proposals will be accepted until March 14, 2013. The program will offer grant amounts ranging between $500,000 to $1 million.
According to GPSA, “As one of the first countries to participate in the GPSA program, this is a great opportunity for CSOs to be engaged in a critical field.”