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Multi‐Donor Trust Fund: Measuring Impact of Reform

In 2010, five Europeans countries – Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – set up a fund to promote the use of poverty and social impact analysis (PSIA) throughout all World Bank operations. The $20-million, three-year program will guide bank policy dialogue and program lending and strengthen client country capacity to implement and use the results of PSIA research when adopting national policies.

The first year of the decentralized PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund was dedicated to setting up structures and processes for managing and administering the fund. A number of special events have also been held to promote the use of PSIA. The volume of PSIA has increased in the past year due to the availability of the trust fund, and to a growing interest in the research approach.

The World Bank’s Social Development Department and Poverty Reduction & Equity group hosted a series of learning events to disseminate information about the PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund and efforts to strengthen poverty and social impact analysis (PSIA) throughout the bank.

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The session on PSIA provided an introduction to social impact analysis and the Multi-Donor Trust fund set up by five European nations to mainstream the PSIA approach. Participants were briefed on several recent PSIA studies and learned of resources to help them conduct their own PSIAs.
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This event focused on how to make PSIA tools more accessible and pointed to new and innovative ways to assess how policies affect vulnerable social groups. It also showed that PSIA is more effective than traditional surveys when used to design responses to crisis situations.
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PSIA was showcased during a day-long forum discussion on policymaking and equity. Participants heard presentations about PSIAs conducted the determine the impact of fiscal reform in Mexico and energy reform in Europe and Central Asia – and how such studies can influence policy dialogue.
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Last updated: 2011-10-26




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