• World Bank to grant support for LGUs

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    International lender World Bank said that they provide grant for civil society organization (CSO) to promote accountability for local governments in the country.

    In its second global call for CSO proposals—first off which started in February—World Bank arm Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) said that it would help fund civil society organization social initiatives in the country focused on “strengthening transparency and accountability.”

    The World Bank arm said that proposals that can be funded should reach three to five years to ensure strategic funding for social accountability in which funding would require detailed budgets ranging from $500,000 to $1 million intercorrelated with the initiatives within the time frame of the proposal.

    According to GPSA invite to CSO accountability proposals, they aim to address the local governments’ delivery of social services to the poor as the information gathered from the proposal granted of support will be “used by local governments and relevant national government agencies to better design, deliver and monitor pro-poor interventions.”

    Also, the GPSA said that it would encourage community participation in local government units’ (LGU) budget transparency and accountability. The information would also help the LGUs to improve allocation, use and management of budget within their means and control.

    With this support, the GPSA sees increased activities and capacity building among CSOs and LGUs to “implement social accountability.”

    In February, the international lender awarded social accountability grants to 12 CSOs in 10 developing countries including Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, Tajikistan, Tunisia and the Philippines.

    “The GPSA applies with these grants is to support the collaboration between citizens and governments to work on solutions for development challenges. This in turn helps the countries to reach the goals of ending extreme poverty and fostering shared prosperity,” said Roby Senderowitsch, GPSA program manager.

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    1. Before grant is provided to the local governments the local executives should be given information of awareness of laws and rules that may affects in accounting and auditing of the fund that they received, and the Commission On Audit has the the good hands to do this.