The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) currently supports four types of projects:
- Preparation and updating of National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS);
- Statistical Capacity Building activities in key priority areas within the framework of NSDS, regional, or global strategies, including the Busan Action Plan for Statistics (BAPS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Data Production in key areas aiming to fill data gaps linked to the need for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Household Surveys, National Accounts, and related activities. Please note that this type of project is currently in a PILOT phase and application are not accepted in this window.
- Innovations in development data aiming at supporting projects related to data production, dissemination and use in key areas that will help monitor the progress towards or help achieve specific SDGs. Please note that this type of project is currently in a PILOT phase and applications are not accepted in this window.
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 specific to the type of project; however the maximum duration is two years with the possibility of a 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 staff need to be identified as a Task Team Leader (TTL), who will be responsible for its supervision, coordination with the implementing agency, and compliance with the World Bank Trust Fund procedures. TTLs must be Trust Fund (TFLAP) accredited and accredited as a TTL.
It is recommended that World Bank units and international agencies interested in preparing an application contact a TFSCB Administration Unit Team member (Masako Hiraga, Ingrid Ivins, or Mustafa Dinc) or the local World Bank office at an early stage. All proposals need to be submitted by a World Bank TTL and include a commitment for project supervision.