Europe and Central Asia: Capacity Development Trust Fund


The Europe and Central Asia region Capacity Development Trust Fund (ECAPDEV) is a multi-donor trust fund that aims to build operational capacity and improve the quality and speed of project preparation in low income countries of the ECA region. The initial pledge of resources ($23 million) came from the Government of Russia. Currently, Russia is the only donor supporting ECAPDEV TF. However, the trust fund is open for contributions from other donors.

Window 1
Bank-executed, US$ 1.8 mln
Window 2
Recipient-executed, US$ 19.7 mln*
  • Training in operations (monitoring and evaluation, financial management, safeguards, procurement, strategic communications.
  • Build local academic capacity in M&E.
  • Technical support to strengthen results based country monitoring and evaluation systems.

Grants to prepare projects financed by the WB and the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) typically finance:

  • feasibility studies,
  • technical designs,
  • environmental and social assessments,
  • operational manuals.

* US$1.5 covers administrative costs

Distribution of ECAPDEV Grants by Country and Sector, total of 29 grants ($ 14,2 mil)
ECAPDEV Countries and Grants, by Sectors
ECAPDEV Countries and Grants, by Sectors


  • $3.6 billion mobilized to support investment lending and EFSD projects.
  • ECAPDEV preparation grants led to 18 WB- financed projects and 1 EFSD-financed project approved.  
  • 13 operations supported by ECAPDEV grants became effective.
  • 75% of all approved projects prepared with ECAPDEV grants are rated satisfactory.
  • 80% of respondents of the Client Survey (2015) said ECAPDEV grant was instrumental to successful project preparation.
  • A multitude of feasibility studies, safeguards assessments and operational manuals were developed to support project preparation across sectors and countries.
  • Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Kyrgyz Republic are to deliver M&E training through national academies.
  • Over 800 civil servants and PIU staff trained in procurement, financial management, safeguards, contract management, strategic communications and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Over 100 experts and policy makers participated in the International Program Evaluation Network (IPEN) conferences supported by ECAPDEV in Bishkek (2014) and Kiev (2015)

For the past several years, Russia's role as a donor has substantially increased in diverse multilateral partnerships with The World Bank Group. For more information about Russia as a donor please see Russia and the World Bank: International Development Assistance web page.

ECAPDEV - Europe and Central Asia Capacity Development Trust Fund

10th Call for Proposals of ECAPDEV Project Preparation Grants

The WB and EFSD teams are invited to submit grant proposals for project preparation in Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Contact us for further information.


Naira Melkumyan
ECAPDEV Program Manager,
Senior Operations Officer
Europe and Central Asia Development Effectiveness Unit
The World Bank
T: +1 (202) 458-8859

Irina Oleinik
ECAPDEV Coordinator
Europe and Central Asia Development Effectiveness Unit
The World Bank