ASA design process and timeline
Phase 1 – March-December 2017
Phase 1 focused on designing the broad architecture and theory of change of the ASA mechanism, which were approved by the Board in December. The Secretariat carried out consultations with all GPE constituencies and other experts from the sector to inform ASA design, and conducted a review of lessons learned from its investments in the Civil Society Education Fund. In addition, a comparator analysis and market analysis were carried out to gain insights about grantmaking practice in the fields of social accountability and advocacy and on GPE’s comparative advantage. These inputs were used to inform the final Board proposal approved in December 2017.
Phase 2 – January-October 2018
Phase 2 involves developing the operational components of the mechanism, with the aim of launching the first call for proposals in early 2019. The Strategy and Impact Committee will meet in July 2018 to deliberate on options for the ASA grant agent, based on the results of a transparent call for expressions of interest from organizations or agencies that would like to play this role. Up to three grant agents may be selected, based on criteria set by the Strategy and Impact Committee to ensure that the selected candidates have strong experience managing grants for civil society.
The Strategy and Impact Committee will meet again in October to deliberate on the call for proposals process and operational roll out of the ASA grant mechanism. Before each SIC meeting, committee members are expected to hold consultations within their constituencies to elicit the broader views and expertise of the partnership on the key design considerations at hand. By the end of 2018, the grant agent(s) will be in place, and the operational manual and guidelines for grants will be ready to enable a call for proposals early in 2019.
Technical advisory panel
To support the Secretariat’s work on ASA, the SIC has established a technical advisory panel (TAP), consisting of experts from the fields of social accountability, advocacy and grant making, to support this design process. This small group of experts will meet regularly throughout 2018 to discuss good practice in ASA grantmaking, and help to bring a stronger understanding of work in this field to inform GPE’s expanded role in funding civil society. The TAP is chaired by Michael Gibbons of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and includes Hugh McLean, Rakesh Rajani, Patricia Scheid and Aïcha Bah Diallo.
Terms of reference for the TAP
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