INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation Relaunches GCP

The INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation has re-launched the Global Call for Proposals (GCP). The GCP matches SAIs’ needs-based capacity development proposals with donor funding and/or INTOSAI support. The GCP is being re-launched in a stronger format with a two-tiered approach.

March 31 marked the launch of the new Global Call for Proposals (GCP) Tier 1 by the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation. Similar to GCP 2011 and GCP 2013, Tier 1 will continue to accept proposals from all Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) bodies for projects benefiting SAIs in developing countries. Tier 2, will provide more intensive support to a small group of the most-challenged SAIs and will be launched later in the year.

Following a strategic process in 2016, GCP has been strengthened to better fit the needs of SAIs and increase the ability of donors to support project proposals. It is a matching mechanism where the applicant actively develops the project proposal. The GCP provides guidance and support to SAIs to develop Concept Notes to be distributed amongst donors working with SAIs.

Key features of the GCP Tier 1 include:

A Rolling Process: The new GCP seeks to empower SAIs in developing countries to drive capacity and performance forward. A rolling process means SAIs can take their time to develop Concept Notes and apply for support when it best fits with their strategic cycles. The new Tier 1 does not have deadlines, so SAIs and INTOSAI bodies can submit Concept Notes to the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat at any time.

Concept Notes: All SAIs, INTOSAI bodies and INTOSAI regions may submit Concept Notes at any time for projects benefiting SAIs in developing countries. The Concept Note, a key document to help applicants prepare and present a brief but precise outline of its capacity development needs and the proposed support, demonstrates SAI ownership and clearly refers to documented assessment of the SAI’s capacity development needs. The Concept Note template and guidance is available on the IDC website. Concept Notes should be submitted to

Information about sources of support: To develop a high quality Concept Note, knowing more about donor practices and understanding how providers can support SAIs may be useful for applicants. Fact sheets for donor members and INTOSAI members of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation have been created, and SAIs can make use of this information that includes funding cycles and support mechanisms in preparing concept notes.

Peer to Peer Support: SAIs have unique roles best understood by other SAIs. Peer support is already established as a credible and independent form of support within INTOSAI. The GCP seeks to facilitate greater use of SAIs and INTOSAI bodies as providers of peer support. SAI applicants and donors can utilize INTOSAI Capability Statements to identify potential peer support providers.

Stronger quality checks: Quality review by the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat is a support measure to help SAIs complete relevant needs-based and demand-driven concept notes that can be distributed to potential support providers. The quality review helps to ensure adherence to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) principles that lay at the foundation of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation, including: linkage to the SAI’s strategic plan; harmonization and coordination with existing support; and being SAI-led, rather than donor-driven.

To find out more about the GCP Tier 1, including downloading the application template and guidance, visit IDI’s website.

Templates and concept note examples are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. For questions, contact the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat via email at

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