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What was the Global Call for Proposals?

The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) initiative aimed to empower Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing countries to drive forward their capacity and performance, by scaling-up and optimizing the joint efforts of INTOSAI and donor partners.

GCP worked by
(i) supporting SAIs to develop proposals based on their needs and strategic plan; and

(ii) facilitating matches with interested financial and technical providers of support in a coordinated manner.   

Through the GCP, all eligible SAIs and INTOSAI bodies could submit capacity development funding proposals at the country, regional and global levels. The IDC will then work with the applicant in an effort to match these proposals with donor and/or INTOSAI funding, or other support.  

The Global Call for Proposals has been replaced by the BUSS initiative and the GSAI initiative

GCP 1 and 2

In 2017, the GCP was split into two tiers.

GCP Tier 1

GCP Tier 1 was a rolling application mechanism that was open to all eligible applicants.

Proposals taken from GCP Tier 1 were 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, were particularly successful. IDC and IDI helped with the development of concept notes for applications.

GCP Tier 2

GCP Tier 2 was a targeted initiative focused on particularly challenged SAIs, often from fragile states or challenging contexts.

The first phase of GCP Tier 2, from 2018 to 2020 provided assistance through the Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership programme or Partenariat d’Appui Accéléré par des Pairs in French (PAP-APP) established by IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF.

The second phase of GCP Tier 2, which started in 2021 and runs up until 2025 is providing tailored financial and technical assistance via policy advocacy and dialogue with regional and country stakeholders; project management and coordination support to the SAIs in the PAP APP group.

For the latest news on the PAP-APP programme, please visit the PAP-APP page on the IDI website.

The second round of GCP Tier 2 was developed in  2022 and renamed – the Global SAI Accountability Initiative – or GSAI.

If you are part of the current targeted support program, or want to learn more about the program’s goals, follow the link to the GSAI page.

GCP Supporters

Previous rounds of the GCP in 2011 and 2013 were hugely successful for many SAIs and donors. Around 50% of all concept notes or proposals were supported, in-full or in-part.

Support came from:

  • Global and regional development banks
  • International donor agencies
  • the 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)

Peer-to-peer support

A growing number of SAIs and INTOSAI bodies are set up to provide peer-to-peer support. Some operate in specific regions or language groups, others globally.

The PAP APP group of SAIs have benefitted immensely from peers around their regions. Both SAIs and peers have frequently mentioned peer assistance as a more effective modality of support given their mutual contextual understanding, well-established relationships of cooperation, programme flexibility and sustainable knowledge transfers.

Success Stories

To follow the success stories of PAP APP click here.

To follow the IDC success stories click here.