The creation of COPSAM gathered momentum following feedback received at a social accountability monitoring conference held in August 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. During this conference which was attended by approximately 140 practitioners from across Sub-Saharan Africa, considerable interest and support for the creation of a COPSAM was expressed. It is hoped that the COPSAM will enable continued and improved sharing of lessons and best practices and will also create a platform for practitioners to encourage and facilitate connections amongst themselves.

The COPSAM is hosted by the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) with moderation of its content to be shared by contributors who are able to carry additional responsibilities in this regard.