Funding for CoST comes from three general sources.

Country resources: Several participating countries such as Zambia and the UK are receiving in-kind support from host organisations to manage and coordinate the country programmes. The Guatemalan Presidential Commission on Anti-Corruption and Transparency funds the CoST Guatemala programme.

International funds: In November 2011, the World Bank signed a grant agreement that provides $1.5m to CoST over three years. This limited funding is managed by the CoST Interim Board and International Secretariat and is typically made available to support CoST-specific activities. This includes, MSG operations, coordination and management, assurance services, monitoring and evaluation services and capacity building of civil society. It is also being used to help persuade other international funding organisations to contribute financially to CoST. The International Secretariat has also signed a grant agreement in July 2014 with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for €1m over four years. Prior to this it received a short-term grant from September to December 2012 for €205k from GIZ to launch the Global Programme.

Country-specific international financing: Several participating countries such as Vietnam, Ethiopia and Tanzania have received funding from donor country offices - in this case the UK Department for International Department - to help resource their country programmes. Malawi and Malawi is benefiting from funding from the African Development Bank.

CoST Funding 2011-2014


If your organisation is interested in providing financial support to CoST, please contact the International Secretariat.

Date Published: 11 December 2013
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