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GPSA gives US$6 million grant to 8 projects



By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) has announced the selection of eight new projects in Ghana, Uganda, Moldova, DRC, Morocco, Mongolia, Paraguay and Tunisia as finalists for the 2nd round of grants under the program.
The grants, totaling close to US$6 million over the next five years, will provide strategic support to projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems in developing countries.
As the final steps in the GPSA grant approval process, the eight finalists will undergo a full due diligence assessment, and prepare their project papers for final approval by the World Banks Country Directors.
The World Bank office in Accra said that steering committee of the program met in Washington on March 10 and 11 to discuss the results of the 2nd call for proposals.
The 8 finalists were selected from a pool of 428 applications, based on technical reviews by an international Roster of Experts.
With this round of new grants, the GPSA is now supporting 22 projects around the world.
Daily Express gathered that the lists are made up of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID), US$800,000 from Democratic Republic of Congo; SEND-Ghana, US$850,000 from Ghana; Center for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center), US$730,000 from Moldova; and Global International Center, US$650,000 from Mongolia.
The rest are CARE International Maroc, US$720,000 from Morocco; Fundacion  Comunitaria Centro de Informacion  y  Recursos para el Desarrollo, (CIRD), US$600,000 from Paraguay; Tunisian General Labour Union  (UGTT), US$800,000 from Tunisia; and Africa Freedom of Information Center (AFIC) US$650,000, from Uganda.


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