The World Bank supported Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) has selected eight final development projects proposed by civil society organizations from a total of 428 proposals that were made. One of the accepted projects, which will now be subject to a GPSA due diligence review, is from the Partnership for Transparency Fund’s partner in Mongolia, Globe International (GI).
GI’s proposed $650,000 project, which will involve PTF as the implementer of a knowledge and learning component, will address the poor quality of Mongolia’s education services in 20 areas of the country where corruption is seen as high and which contain nearly 90% of the country’s ethnic and other minorities who are the most disadvantaged in terms of access to quality education. GI noted that overcoming the existing problems will need enlightened citizens participation. Thus the project will create a civil society advocacy network to use freedom of information and other existing laws to demand transparency and accountability in school budgetary processes; make evidence-based assessments of educational services; and, participate in providing immediate solutions to citizen feedback for improving education services at local levels.
The GPSA supports civil society and governments to work together to solve critical governance challenges in developing countries. As a GPSA Global Partner, PTF provides lessons learned and technical expertise on citizen engagement to remove corruption in the public sector. On May 14th and 15th, PTF and its regional affiliate PTF Asia will participate in the 2014 GPSA Global Partners Forum to connect, exchange, and share knowledge on social accountability.