Program-for-Results Financing (PforR)

In today’s world, development is about results and institutional strengthening. Everyone—government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, and the private sector—is demanding programs that help deliver sustainable results and build institutions. To address this growing demand, the World Bank developed the Program-for-Results (PforR) financing instrument. 

Focus on results

PforR’s unique features include using a country’s own institutions and processes, and linking disbursement of funds directly to the achievement of specific program results.

Strengthen capacity

This approach helps build capacity within the country, enhances effectiveness and efficiency and leads to achievement of tangible, sustainable program results.

Support borrowers’ programs

PforR is also unique because it supports government programs and helps leverage World Bank development assistance by fostering partnerships and aligning development partner goals and results that can lead to greater development effectiveness.

Availability

PforR is available to all World Bank member countries and is one of three financing instruments offered, accompanying Investment Project Financing (IPF) and Development Policy Financing (DPF). The choice of instrument depends on a client’s needs and the development challenge to be addressed.

Use

Since its creation in 2012, there has been steady increase in the use of PforR. As of January 2018, there are 77 active PforR operations totaling $19.9 billion of Bank financing.

Approved Operations                Pipeline of Operations
 

Country Name

Program Documents

Assessments

Armenia

Power Sector Financial Recovery Program-for-Results

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Bangladesh

Enabling Open Government

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Bangladesh

Quality Learning for All Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Bangladesh

Transforming Secondary Education for Results

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Benin

BJ-Rural Water Supply Universal Access

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Brazil

Strengthening Service Delivery for Growth, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainability in the State of Ceará (English) - (Portuguese)

Environmental/social (part 1) (part 2)
Fiduciary
Technical

Brazil

Upper Secondary School Reform

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Burkina Faso

Public Sector Modernization Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary (annex 5)
Technical (annex 4)

Burkina Faso

Water Supply and Sanitation Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

China

China Health Reform Project

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

China

Guangxi Poverty Reduction PforR

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

China

Hebei Air Pollution Prevention

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

China

Innovative Financing for Air Pollution Control in Jing-Jin-Ji

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Costa Rica

National Health Insurance System Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Croatia

Health Sector Reform Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary 
Technical

Egypt

Inclusive Housing Finance Program

Environmental/Social (English) (Arabic)
Fiduciary
Technical

Egypt

Local Development Project

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Egypt

Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary (annex 5)
Technical (annex 5)

Ethiopia

Electrification Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Ethiopia

Economic Opportunities

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Ethiopia

Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary (annex 5)
Technical (annex 4)

Ethiopia

Ethiopia Health MDG Support Project

Environmental
Fiduciary 
Technical

Ethiopia

General Education Quality Improvement Program for Equity

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Ethiopia

Local Government Development Program II

Environmental
Fiduciary
Technical

Ethiopia

Urban Institutional and Infrastructure Development Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Atal Bhujal Yojana (Abhy)-National Groundwater Management Improvement

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

India Energy Efficiency Scale-up Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness in Bihar Program

Environmental/Social Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program
Additional Financing

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Himachal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Odisha Higher Education Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement Operation

Environmental/social 
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Skill India Mission Operation

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Swachh Bharat Mission Support Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Third Maharashtra Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (Jalswarajya-II)

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Uttarakhand Water Supply Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

India

West Bengal Institutional Strengthening of Gram Panchayats Program II

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Indonesia

Indonesia-Supporting Primary Health Care Reform -- I-SPHERE

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Indonesia

Investing in Nutrition and Early Years

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Indonesia

Power Distribution Development Program-for-Results

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Indonesia

Social Assistance Reform Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Jordan

Economic Opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Jordan

Education Reform Support Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

Additional Financing for the NSNP

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Social

Kenya

Kenya Urban Support Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

Devolution Support Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

Governance for Enabling Service Delivery

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

National Integrated Safety Net Program

Environmental
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

Statistics for Results Program

Environmental/Social (annex 6)
Fiduciary (annex 5)
Technical (annex 4)

Lebanon

Lebanon National Jobs Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Lebanon

Reaching All Children with Education (RACE 2) Support Project

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Mexico

Oaxaca Water and Sanitation Sector Modernization

Environmental/social (in Spanish)
Fiduciary
Technical

Moldova

Health Transformation Operation

Environmental 
Fiduciary
Technical

Morocco

Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Program-for-Results Project

Environmental
Fiduciary
Technical

Morocco

National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) Phase II (in English) (French)

Environmental/social (in English) (in French)
Fiduciary
Technical

Morocco

Improving Primary Health in Rural Areas Program (French)

Environmental/social (French)
Fiduciary (annex 5)
Technical (annex 4)

Morocco

Urban Transport Program (French)

Environmental/social (French)
Fiduciary
Technical

Mozambique

Public Financial Management for Results Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nepal

Health Sector Management Reform

Environmental/social 
Fiduciary
Technical

Nepal

Results-Based Bridges Improvement & Maintenance Project 

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nepal

School Sector Development Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nigeria

Kaduna State Economic Transformation Program-for-Results

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nigeria

Program to Support “Saving One Million Lives"

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nigeria

Better Education Service Delivery for All

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nigeria

States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability PforR

Environmental/social
Technical

Pakistan

National Social Protection Program

Environmental/social 
Fiduciary
Technical

Pakistan

Punjab Agriculture and Rural Transformation

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Pakistan

Punjab Governance and Service Delivery

Environmental/social (part 1) (part 2)
Fiduciary 
Technical

Pakistan

Punjab Jobs and Competitiveness Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Pakistan

PFM/Accountability to supp. Service Delivery

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Pakistan

Punjab Cities Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Pakistan

Punjab Green Development Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Rwanda

Public Sector Governance Program for Results

Environmental
Fiduciary
Technical

Rwanda

Transformation of Agriculture Sector Program Phase 3 Program
Additional Financing

Environmental (Additional Financing Addendum)
Fiduciary
Technical

Rwanda

Transformation of Agriculture Sector Program 4 Phase 2

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Rwanda

Priority Skills for Growth (PSG)

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Senegal

Municipal and Agglomerations Support

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Serbia

PforR on Modernization and Optimization of Public Administration

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Serbia

Enhancing Infrastructure Efficiency and Sustainability (RMPBEE) Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Sri Lanka

Accelerate Higher Education Development

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Tanzania

Education and Skills for Productive Jobs Program

Environmental/Social

Tanzania

Second Local Government Support Project

Environmental/social (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5)
Fiduciary
Technical

Tanzania

Big Results Now in Education Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Tanzania

Rural Electrification Expansion Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Tanzania

Strengthening Primary Health Care for Results Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Tanzania

Sustainable Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program

 

 

 

 

Tunisia

Urban Development and Local Government Program

Environmental/social (in English) (in French)
Fiduciary 
Technical

Tunisia

Urban Development and Local Governance Additional Financing

Environmental/social

 

 

 

Uganda

Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development 

Environmental/social (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5)
Fiduciary
Technical

Uganda

Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development – Additional Financing

Environmental/social

 

 

 

Uganda

Uganda Intergov Fiscal Transfers Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Uruguay

Road Infrastructure Program for Results 

Environmental/social (in English) (in Spanish)
Fiduciary
Technical

Uruguay

Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program

Environmental/social (in Spanish)

Vietnam

Enhancing Teacher Education Program

 

Vietnam

Local Road Asset Management Program

Environmental/social (in English
Fiduciary
Technical

Vietnam

National Targeted Programs Support

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Vietnam

Northern Mountains Urban Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Vietnam

Rural Sanitation and Water Supply

Environmental/social (in English) (in Vietnamese)
Fiduciary
Technical

Vietnam

Results-Based Scaling Up Rural Sanitation and Water Supply Program

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

West Bank and Gaza

Local Governance and Services Improvement Program for Results 

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

 

Pipeline of Operations - Programs Under Preparation

Bangladesh

P161928

Operation for Supporting Rural Bridges (SupRB)

China

P158733

Anhui Rural Road Improvement and Upgrading PforR

China

P162349

Guizhou Aged Care System Development Program

China

P158545

Qianxinan Rural Transport Program for Results

Congo, Democratic Republic of

P164366

DRC Domestic Resource Mobilization Program

Cote d'Ivoire

P164302

Enhancing Government Effectiveness for Improved Public Servi

Egypt, Arab Republic of

P166597

AF to Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program

Ghana

P164451

Secondary Cities Support Program

Ghana

P166539

Economic Transformation Program

India

P166578

Chhattisgarh Public Financial Management and Accountability

India

P166923

Uttarakhand Public Financial Management Strengthening Program

Nepal

P161929

Second Bridges Improvement and Maintenance Program

Nepal

P167047

Additional Financing to School Sector Development Program

Nigeria

P164001

Power Sector Recovery Performance Based Operation

Nigeria

P164031

Ogun State Nigeria: Agricultural Production and Industrialization

Pakistan

P165765

Sindh Jobs and Competitiveness Program

Pakistan

P162302

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Mobilization and Public Resource

Pakistan

P166371

Punjab Revenue Mobilization Program

Senegal

P159625

Sector Financial Recovery and Sustainability Program

Tanzania

P163439

Secondary Education Quality Improvement Program

Tanzania

P160164

Industrial Competitiveness for Jobs

Tanzania

P165200

Public Service Modernization Project

Uganda

P161981

Narrowing the Governance Implementation Gap in Uganda (NGIGU

Ukraine

P166941

De-risking Investment in Agriculture Program

 

P158435 
P158435 
Environmental/social
Environmental/social

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2018

Resources and Information 

Program-for-Results: An Update, April 2015 (Fact sheet)

PforR: A New Approach to World Bank Financing (Brochure), EnglishFrench, Spanish

Two-Year Review of the Instrument (Briefing page)

Program-for-Results: Two-Year Review (Paper)

PforR Consultations for the Two-Year Review (Consultation website)

A New Instrument to Advance Development Effectiveness: Program-for-Results Financing, December 2011 (World Bank Board Report)

Events

June 2016 - Africa Regional Workshop 

December 2016 - Client Event for South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Region 

Media articles

Ensuring the World Bank's Relevance March 16, 2015 - Forbes Op-Ed outlines how efforts like the PforR promise to help the World Bank adjust to the new development landscape.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2018