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Trust Funds

Trust Funds complement and support the World Bank’s operational work and help deliver enhanced support to client countries.  Trust fund resources are critical to implementing the Bank’s trade work in three ways.  First, trust fund resources are a key element in implementing the expansion of the World Bank’s trade program that former President Zoellick announced in November 2007 at the Aid for Trade Global Review.  Second, trust funds provide additional resources to Regional Departments to help mainstream trade into country strategies. Third, the trust fund programs are a vehicle for helping the World Bank to deliver increased aid for trade. 

Trust fund resources for the World Bank's International Trade Department include: the Multi-donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development (MDTF-TD), the Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF), the Enhanced Integrated Framework Trust Fund (EIF), the Bank Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP), the Global Trade and Financial Architecture (GFTA), and various DFID Trust Funds.

Multidonor Trust Fund for Trade and Development
The second Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development (MDTF-TD2) is an umbrella facility to fund analytical trade work across the World Bank from 2012-2015. It supports work programs developed annually by the Regions, Networks and other operational units that work on trade to implement activities that fall under the four pillars of the Trade Strategy. The WBG has received $18.9 million in pledges to the MDTF-TD2 over the next three years.

Trade Facilitation Facility

The Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF) is a rapid-response trust fund whose objective is to help developing countries reduce trade costs and enhance their ability to move goods and services across borders rapidly, cheaply, and predictably.  It is designed to finance activities that will make immediate, direct, and effective improvements in trade facilitation systems by modernizing infrastructure, institutions, policies and improving regulations. The TFF finances activities at country, regional, and global levels including projects and project preparation activities, advisory work, and technical assistance.

Enhanced Integrated Framework Trust Fund

The Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade Related Assistance for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is a multi-donor program established at the WTO in 1997 which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. As a founding member and core agency of the program, the World Bank helps to assist LDCs to more fully benefit from the use of international trade to support their economic growth and poverty reduction strategies and programs, as well as to benefit from donor harmonization. As part of this initiative, the World Bank's EIF Trust Fund facilitates the completion of a large number of trade-related studies.   

Global Trade and Financial Architecture
The objective of the Global Trade and Financial Architecture (GTFA) program is to identify and promote concrete policy options for reinvigorating and strengthening the multilateral economic systems and institutions that support the process of globalization. The program supports policy oriented research programs and international events which advance dialogue on global trade and financial architecture by offering concrete policy advice that can be translated into political action and reform.

Bank Netherlands Partnership Program
The Bank Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP) was established in June 1998 to promote more coordinated and prioritized approach in the use of trust fund resources for non-country specific activities.  The BNPP Trade Window delivers supports for the Bank’s work on trade and has the overall objective of advancing the state of knowledge and capacity building to allow developing countries to use trade as an effective lever for growth and poverty reduction.  The BNPP Trade Window supports bank- executed, multi-country activities with an emphasis on upstream research and analysis. 

DFID Trust Funds
From 2001-2007, the UK’s Department for International Development supported trade research through the DFID Trade Policy Development Project (TPDP). The TPDP played a major role in generating policy-relevant research output on the Doha Development Agenda as well as analytical outputs to help mainstream trade into country programs. 

Last updated on Aug 3, 2010

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