TFSCB currently supports two major types of projects:
- preparation and updating of National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS); and
- improvement in statistical capacity in key priority areas within the framework of NSDS, regional or global strategies, including the BAPS and the post-2015 agenda.
All World Bank member countries are eligible to apply for TFSCB funding with priority given to countries eligible for the support of the International Development Association (IDA). TFSCB funding can also be provided to sub-regional, regional and international organizations.
TFSCB projects are designed to be relatively small and quick disbursing. The maximum amount granted for any one proposal is USD 500,000 and the maximum duration is two years with a possibility of one year extension. The main aim of TFSCB is to improve statistical capacity in a sustainable manner. The resources provided must therefore be additional and cannot be used to replace national budgetary resources. In general, recipients are required to demonstrate their commitment to a proposed project by providing some contribution, either monetary or in kind, to the overall costs.
TFSCB financed projects are implemented by an appropriate national, regional, or international agency (or, in exceptional circumstances, by the World Bank itself). For each project, the World Bank will nominate a Task Team Leader (TTL), who will be responsible for its supervision, coordination with the implementing agency, and compliance with the trust fund procedures.
It is recommended that agencies interested in preparing an application contact Ingrid Ivins, Mizuki Yamanaka, or Mustafa Dinc. or the local World Bank office at an early stage. All proposals need to be submitted by a TTL from the Bank staff.