The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) is an innovative mechanism to empower Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing countries to drive forward their capacity and performance, based on the principles of SAI-led strategic plans, and harmonised and coordinated support. It provides an inclusive opportunity for all SAIs and INTOSAI bodies to put forward capacity development funding proposals at the country, regional and global level which it then seeks to match with donor and / or INTOSAI funding. The Global Call for Proposal started in 2011 and has seen two rounds (2011 and 2013) completed to date. The 3rd round of the GCP was launched in March 2017 and has 2 tiers based on the new GCP Strategy.
Project concept notes are developed by SAIs, INTOSAI bodies and regions for the benefit of developing country SAIs. They are then shared with 23 donor agencies, as well as INTOSAI bodies and SAIs able to provide support. Organisations interested in providing support then coordinate with the applicant, each other, and any existing providers of support. Needs-based projects are developed and funded to strengthen SAI performance and make a difference to the lives of citizens.
The GCP is a matching process not a source of funding. The individual member organisations of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation make funding decisions based on their strategies and priorities. To help GCP applicants identify possible funding sources and tailor project concept notes accordingly, the Cooperation provides information on funding sources, including the country focus, priorities and funding processes of the Cooperation’s members.
Global Call for Proposals Strategy
A Cooperation working group developed a new GCP strategy to learn from the previous rounds and guide the relaunch of the GCP in 2017. The GCP will follow a two-tier approach:
Tier 1: similar to prior years, an inclusive approach, accepting proposals from all SAIs, INTOSAI bodies and regions, for initiatives benefitting SAIs in developing countries. Unlike previous rounds, this will follow a rolling process, so SAIs can apply whenever best fits with their strategic cycle and the funding cycles of any donors they may be targeting. It will also feature stronger checks at the concept note stage, to ensure proposals are SAI-led not donor driven, linked to the SAI’s strategic plan, and harmonized and coordinated with existing support to avoid confusion and overlap. This will reinforce implementation of the INTOSAI-Donor MoU principles.
Tier 2: a new targeted approach with more intense support to a small group of the most challenged SAIs that struggle with developing strategic capacity development programs, particularly SAIs in fragile and conflict environments. This tier aims to provide support across the SAI’s whole strategic management cycle, from needs assessment and strategic planning, through program design, implementation and evaluation. It will focus on creating long term partnerships between SAIs, donors and those providing support, with strengthened coordination and monitoring by the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat.
The Global Call for Proposals Strategy recognises that SAIs have unique roles best understood by other SAIs, and that peer support is already established as a credible and independent form of support within INTOSAI. A growing number of SAIs and INTOSAI bodies are now set up to provide peer-to-peer support. Some operate in specific regions or language groups, others globally. Some are capable and experienced in leading facilitation of large scale capacity development programs; others can provide complementary support. To aid both applicants and those interested in providing support to identify possible peer-to-peer support mechanisms, the Cooperation has issued a Call for Capability Statements to INTOSAI bodies able to provided peer-to-peer support. Further capability statements will be added as they are developed.
- development banks
- donor agencies
- a SAI Capacity Development Fund (CDF) financed by Switzerland
- the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI)
- SAIs with their own development resources (e.g. Norway, Sweden)
- SAIs as in-kind support (e.g. India, Brazil, Mexico)
Proposals have been successful when they follow a robust approach to capacity development, e.g. not just training or new infrastructure but combining professional staff development with changes to organisational systems to enhance audit quality and deliver impact. Support to ISSAI implementation, undertaking SAI PMF assessments, and enhancing specific SAI functions – like forensic auditing – which show a clear benefit for the country, have been particularly successful. The contribution of projects initiated under the GCP towards country-level impact is highlighted in a number of the Cooperation’s Success Stories.
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