The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) was established in October 31, 2000 at the first Consultative Group meeting held in Washington, DC. The Grant facility was created to strengthen the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries. It is a multi-donor fund, supported by: UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland, and administered by the World Bank. The TFSCB supports projects at national, regional and global levels to make improvements in the collection, processing, analysis, storage, dissemination and use of timely, good quality statistics to support poverty reduction and economic and social development. Although all developing countries are eligible to apply for funding, the primary target countries for assistance from the trust fund are those that are either currently involved in the PRSP and National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) process or are expected to be so.
The TFSCB finances two kindsof projects. The first type supports the preparation of NSDS in line with the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics (MAPS), TFSCB is working with the PARIS21 to ensure that all countries have an integrated and comprehensive plan for the strategic development of their national statistical systems. The second type of project (non-NSDS projects) supports capacity building activities in specific priority areas. For instance, these projects may target the implementation of one or more critical components of an NSDS. All non-NSDS projects are expected to be based on a formal assessment of the statistical system and must demonstrate how they will address the main capacity weaknesses.
Proposals to support the preparation of a strategic statistical development plan or a statistical master plan can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. For all non-NSDS projects, the Chair of the Internal Management Committee (IMC) will make an announcement on the availability of funds twice a year, in February and August.
It is recommended that agencies interested in preparing an application contact Mustafa Dinc or Naoko Watanabe or the local World Bank office at an early stage. All proposals need to be submitted by a Task Team Leader (TTL) from the Bank staff.
For further information please consult the Guidelines and Procedures. To see a list of projects previously approved by the TFSCB and either currently being implemented or underway, click here and select TFSCB under Financial Instrument.