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Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB)

The TFSCB Spring Call for Proposals is now open until April 21, 2014

TFSCB, a multi-donor trust fund, aims to improve the capacity of developing countries to produce and use statistics with an overall objective of supporting effective decision making for development. TFSCB works closely with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) to advance coordinated international efforts to improve statistics globally. TFSCB supports projects aiming at strengthening national statistical systems in priority areas and developing statistical capacity in a sustainable manner, including openness and accessibility of data in line with the Open Data Initiative and innovative approaches to improve data collection. 

The deadline to submit Spring 2014 TFSCB applications is April 21, 2014. The TFSCB Admin Unit will inform shortlisted applicants by May 2, 2014. The deadline for full proposals (GFR) is May 30, 2014.

For further information please see the TFSCB Call for Prposal Guide as well as the Guidelines and Procedures or contact Ingrid Ivins or Mustafa Dinc.

The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) was established on April 13, 1999  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 kinds of 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 Ingrid Ivins or Mustafa Dinc. 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.

Consultative Group Meetings Reports

TFSCB Advisory Panel Reports