World Bank Creates Global Partnership for Social Accountability

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved in principle the creation of a Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). The GPSA is a new mechanism to scale up and support social accountability by beneficiary groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing countries. The Bank’s Board will review operational details of the proposed Partnership in June.

“The Bank understands now more than ever that citizen voice and the engagement of project beneficiaries are crucial for lasting development results,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “This new dedicated partnership will support critical work on social accountability, including beneficiary monitoring and oversight of projects and programs. I hope this new Partnership can become an integral part of the Bank Group’s work going forward.”

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