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

Transforming Secondary Education for Results

Environmental/Social

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

Burkina Faso

Public Sector Modernization Program

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

China

Hebei Air Pollution Prevention

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

China

China Health Reform Project

Environmental/Social

China

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

Environmental/Social

Costa Rica

National Health Insurance System Program

Environmental/Social

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

Egypt

Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program

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

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

Ethiopia

Local Government Development Program II

Environmental
Fiduciary
Technical

India

Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness in Bihar Program

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

India

Odisha Higher Education Program

Environmental/social
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

India

Swachh Bharat Mission Support 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

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

Indonesia

Power Distribution Development Program-for-Results

 

Indonesia

Social Assistance Reform Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Jordan

Economic Opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees

Environmental/social

Jordan

Education Reform Support Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

AF for the NSNP

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Social

Kenya

Kenya Urban Support Program

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Kenya

Devolution Support Program

Environmental/social

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

Reaching All Children with Education (RACE 2) Support Project

Environmental/social

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

Nigeria

Program to Support “Saving One Million Lives"

Environmental/social
Fiduciary
Technical

Nigeria

Better Education Service Delivery for All

 

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
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

Pakistan

PFM/Accountability to supp. Service Delivery

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

Agricultural Transformation Phase III – Additional Financing

Environmental/Social
Fiduciary
Technical

Rwanda

Priority Skills for Growth (PSG)

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

Tunisia

Urban Development and Local Government Program

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

Uganda

Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development 

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

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

Country Project ID Operation Name
Bangladesh P161928 Rural Bridges Impro. and Maint. Program
Bangladesh P162619 QLEAP
Benin P164186 BJ-Rural Water Supply Universal Access
Bulgaria P154710 Residential Energy Efficiency
Burkina Faso P164345 WSS and WRK PforR
China P158545 Qianxinan Rural Transport PforR
China P158733 Anhui Rural Road Improv. and Upgrading
China P163145 Henan Poverty Reduction Project
Congo, Democratic Republic of P164366 PforR new
Ethiopia P160395 Electrification Program
Ethiopia P163452 UIIDP
Ethiopia P163829 Economic Opportunities
Ghana P164451 Secondary Cities Support Program
India P158117 Smart Cities Program
India P158119 National GW Management Improvement Prog.
India P162849 Energy Efficiency Scale-up Program
India P164940 Urban Reforms Program (AMRUT Plus)
Indonesia P164277 Supporting Primary Healthcare Reform
Indonesia P164686 Investing in Nutrition and Early Years
Indonesia P165543 Improved Village Service Delivery
Lebanon P163576 Jobs Program
Morocco P155222 Education Support Program
Nepal P161929 BIMP II
Nigeria P162009 States Fiscal TAS PforR
Nigeria P164001 Power Sector Recovery Performance Loan
Nigeria P164031 Agric Production and Industrialization
Pakistan P156972 PCP
Pakistan P161402 Karachi Integrated Urban Development
Pakistan P162302 Tax and Public Resource Management
Pakistan P162706 Additional Financing for the PPMRP
Pakistan P165388 Punjab Green Development Program
Pakistan P165765 Sindh Jobs and Competitiveness Program
Pakistan P166371 Punjab Revenue Mobilization Program
Rwanda P161876 PforR for PSTA 4
Senegal P157097 Municipal and Agglomerations Support
Senegal P159625 Modern Energy Sces Program for Result
Tanzania P160164 Industrial Competitiveness for Jobs
Tanzania P163439 SEQIP
Tanzania P163732 Sustainable RWSS
Tunisia P151011 State-Owned Banks Restructuring P4R
Uganda P161981 Narrowing the Governance Implementation
Uganda P163515 Support to Muni. Infra. Dev - AF
P158435 
P158435 
Environmental/social
Environmental/social

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2018

PforR Policy and Guidance:

Bank Policy (November 2017)

Bank Directive (November 2017)

Guidelines on Preventing and Combating Fraud and Corruption (July 2015)

Interim Guidance Notes to Staff on PforR Assessments (June 2012)

Resources and Information 

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

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

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: Dec 15, 2016