What is the Global Call for Proposals?
The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) is a program that helps Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing countries enhance their Performance AND capacity capabilities. Through the GCP, all eligible SAIs and INTOSAI bodies can submit capacity development funding proposals at the country, regional and global levels. The INTOSAI Donor-Cooperation will then work with the applicant in an effort to match these proposals with donor and/or INTOSAI funding.
The GCP operates according to the principles outlined in the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation’s MoU, namely that projects will be SAI-led and that donor support should be harmonized and coordinated according to the SAI’s strategic plan.
The GCP is currently in its third round. The first round was launched in 2011 and the second in 2013. Both rounds saw roughly 50% success rates in project applications. The current round of the GCP was launched in March 2017, and now features two tiers. Tier 1 is a rolling application mechanism that is open to all eligible applicants, while Tier 2 is a target program where select SAIs and donors work together to develop strategic plans and capacity development projects.
If you are a SAI interested in applying to the Global Call for Proposals programe, learn more about Tier 1. If you are part of the current targeted support program, or want to learn more about the program’s goals, follow the link for Tier 2.
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.
Previous rounds of the GCP in 2011 and 2013 have been hugely successful for many SAIs and donors. Around 50% of all concept notes or proposals have been supported, in-full or in-part. Support has come from:
- Development banks
- 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)
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.