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Reimbursable Advisory Services in Romania

July 21, 2020


Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) are customized advisory services offered by the World Bank to its members, both borrowing and graduate. RAS are requested and paid by the client using their own or third-party resources. Like other advisory and analytic services, RAS supports clients to design or implement better policies, strengthen institutions, build capacity, inform development strategies or operations, and contribute to the global development agenda.

Examples of advisory and analytic services: (a) economic and sector work, (b) technical assistance, (c) impact evaluation studies, (d) research services, (e) external training, (f) workshops and conferences. Through the application of the appropriate safeguards and risk management, the World Bank may provide technical assistance for project-related preparation and implementation support services – except for advice directly related to engineering or final design – for projects not financed by the Bank.

Types of Clients: (a) governments and government institutions of member countries, including “graduates”; (b) subnational governments; (c) state-owned enterprises; (d) non-governmental organizations and other not-for-profit organizations (such as chambers of commerce); (e) multilateral institutions, including development banks and regional organizations. The Bank does not provide RAS to commercial entities.

Costs: The costs of RAS vary from one agreement to another and are calculated using the World Bank’s standard pricing methodology that ensures the recovery of all direct and other related costs (i.e. salary and associated benefits, travel, and subsistence, support services, translation etc.) with a zero-profit margin in line with the World Bank’s mandate.


Evolution of the RAS Portfolio in Romania

At the request of the government, the World Bank launched its first RAS in Romania in 2010 to help tackle its main challenges of removing structural obstacles to the economy and ensuring that the benefits of prosperity reach all citizens - particularly the poor and vulnerable. The RAS program started with functional reviews (FR), which set the stage for Romania’s structural reform program by highlighting major challenges to improve both the central and local public administration and meet EU standards and norms.

From 2011-2015, the Bank supported the Government in implementing selected actions derived from the FR and helped advance preparations for the 2014-20 programming period under its first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January 2012. In January 2016, a second MoU was signed with the government to continue its partnership on modernizing the country's public administration and supporting structural reform. The ongoing RAS portfolio supports the implementation of strategies in priority sectors and improvements in key public administration functions.

By the end of 2019, the World Bank had delivered over 50 advisory services in Romania and worked with over 30 public institutions, covering education, social inclusion and poverty reduction, regional development, public administration improvements (including the prioritization of public investments, procurement), strategic planning and service delivery, climate change, and the digital agenda.

The current program of RAS is focused on priority areas for Romania’s EU convergence, such as improved strategic planning and budgeting, evidence-based policymaking, protection of the vulnerable, education, social inclusion and poverty reduction, regional development, as well as an enhanced focus on implementation support, i.e. to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation capacity at central level. It also features a growing engagement to support municipalities including Bucharest, Constanta, Brasov, Cluj and several others.

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ONGOING

SECTOR

Reimbursable Advisory Service

RESOURCES

EDUCATION

Assistance to the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research for Capacity Development for Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of Education Strategies

 
 

Informed Decision Making on Investments in Infrastructure

 
 

Technical Assistance to Enhance Quality Assurance in the Higher Education System in Romania

 

COMPETITION & PRIVATE SECTOR

Regulatory Impact Assessment III RAS

 

GOVERNANCE

Consolidating the Strategic Management Function of General Secretariat of the Government

 

 

Romania Court of Accounts - SAI for Citizens RAS

 

 

Romania: Developing a Unitary Human Resources

Animated Video: Human Resources Reform in Public Administration

 

Strengthening the Capacity of the General Secretariat of the Government to Accelerate Public Investments in Romania

 

 

Supporting the Establishment of an Improved Training System in the Romanian Public Administration

 

 

Supporting General Secretariat of the Government in the Improvement of the Training System in Romania

 

HEALTH

Support for scaling-up centralized procurement in the Romanian health system--ONAC Component

 

 

Support for scaling-up centralized procurement in the Romanian health system--MIA Component

 

MACRO & FISCAL

Enhancing Evidence-based Policy-making by Strengthening the Capacity of the Government to Produce and Use Reliable Statistics

 

PROCUREMENT

Assessment of the Public Procurement System and Further Support to the Implementation of the Public Procurement Strategy

Animated Video: Romania Public Procurement Strategy Support

SOCIAL INCLUSION & PROTECTION

Capacity building to accelerate the transition from institutional to community-based care for children deprived of parental care

 

 

Consolidating the Coordination Mechanism to Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

 

Supporting the Implementation of Romania's Human Development Operational Programme (POCU) 2014-2020

 

 

Support in Implementing Activities A2, A3, A5, A6 and A7.2 of the project on "Increasing the efficiency of interventions within the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice and its coordinated structures”

 

 

Support for Speeding up the Transition of People with Disabilities from Residential Institutions to Community-based Services

 

SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL & RESILIENCE

Brasov Urban Development RAS Program

 

 

Bucharest Urban Development RAS

 

 

Bucharest - Sector 5 Urban Development RAS

 

 

Consolidation of the Strategic Planning Capacity of MDRAP for Renovation of the National Building Stock for EE and Seismic Risk

 

 

Cluj County Spatial Plan RAS

 

 

Cluj-Napoca Urban Development RAS

 

 

Ilfov County Regional Development RAS

 

 

Romania Urban Policy RAS

 

 

Romania Territorial Impact Assessment RAS

 

WATER, SANITATION, WASTE MANAGEMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

Romania RAS - TA to Support Romania In Analyzing and Addressing the Challenges in Meeting the UWWTD Requirements

 

 

Technical Support for the Preparation of Flood Risk Management Plans for Romania

 

CLOSED

SECTOR

Reimbursable Advisory Service

RESOURCES

AGRICULTURE

Assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for Strengthening the Agri-food Sector Strategy – Formulation

 
 

Developing an Integrated Financial Management System at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development 

 
 

Implementation of an Internal Management System at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and its Subordinated Structures

 
 

Strategic Planning for the Agricultural Administration

Blog: What does it take to modernize government administration? Lessons from Romania

EDUCATION

Assistance to MNESR for Capacity Development for M&E the Implementation of Education Strategies

 

 

Development of Administrative Capacity of the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research

Brochure: Study on the Organizational Culture in the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research

Brochure: Management Instruments - Regulations for Organization and Functioning (ROF) and Job Descriptions within the Ministry of Education and Scienfic Research


Enhancing the Capacity of the Roma Education Fund Romania to implement the Ready Set Go project in Romania

Project Documents

Video: Pe locuri, fiti gata, start!

 

Informed Decision Making on Investments in Infrastructure

 

 

Preparing a Strategic Framework for Increasing Tertiary Education Attainment, Quality and Efficiency

Brochure: National Strategy for Tertiary Education in Romania


Preparing a Strategic Framework for Lifelong Learning

Brochure: The National Strategy for Lifelong Learning

 

Reducing Early School Leaving

Project Documents

Brochure: Strategy to Reduce Early School Leaving

ENVIRONMENT

Climate Change and Low Carbon Green Growth Program

Project Documents

Blog: New bike lanes and metro stations in Bucharest paid for by carbon credits

Video Animation: What is Climate Change? Mitigation and adaptation in Romania

GOVERNANCE

A Better Solution for Providing Clarifications, Interpretations and Rulings on Tax Issues

Project Documents

 

Analysis of Capacity Building Activities in the Public Administration

 
 

Assistance to the Romanian Competition Council

Project Documents

Article: Transforming Romania’s competition architecture to make markets work

 

Assistance to the Ministry of Justice to Assess the Performance of the Judicial System

Project Documents

 

Development of the Capacity of the Central Public Administration to Carry out Impact Studies

 

 

Enhancement of Risk Based Systems of the Sectoral Operational Program for Human Resources Development

 
 

Establishment of a Performance Appraisal System for Government Officials Managing European Union Funds

 
 

Fee Based Services Center of Government

Project Documents

 

Fee Based Services Functional Reviews Cross-Cutting Issues

 


Center of Government Policy Planning and Coordination

 


Improvement of Human Resource Management instruments and Mechanism in order to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance

 


Improving the National Framework for Preparing and Implementing Public Investments Projects

 
 

Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Fiscal Policy Formulation

Project Documents

 

Strengthening Public Investment Management

 

 

Support to the Establishment of a Strategy Unit

 

 

Support to the Implementation of the Public Procurement Strategy

 

 

Supporting the Implementation of Romania's Human Development Operational Programme (POCU) 2014-2020

 

 

Ploiesti Growth Pole

Project Documents

 

Providing Support to the Establishment of a Delivery Unit

Project Documents

Blog: The Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in Romania is saving taxpayers their time

Blog: Lessons from the taxi industry to improve Romania’s governance

 

Upgrade Growth Poles Strategic Planning and Economic Impact

Project Documents

MACRO & FISCAL

Assistance to the Ministry of Public Finance for Strengthening Debt Management

Video Interview: Stefan Nanu

 

Strengthening Planning and Budgeting Capacity

 

 

Establishment of a Framework for the Use of Derivatives and the Execution of Swap Transactions in Romania

 

 

Informing Project Evaluation

 

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Prepare and Manage Public Private Partnerships

Project Documents

SOCIAL INCLUSION & PROTECTION

Preparation of a Draft National Strategy Regarding Elderly and Active Ageing

 


Assistance to the Ministry of European Funds to Inform Project Evaluation regarding Marginalized Community Analyses

Project Documents

 

Development of Plans for the De-institutionalization of Children Deprived of Parental Care and Their Transfer to Community Based Care

 

 

Provision of Inputs for the Preparing of a Draft National Strategy and Action Plan on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction

Project Documents

Animated Video: Integration of Marginalized Communities - a Gain for All

 

Study on Diagnostics and Policy Advice for Supporting Roma Integration in Romania

Project Documents

SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL & RESILIENCE

Assessment of the Communication and Collaboration Between Mas and Intermediate Bodies Of The (ROP) and Facilitation of Proactive and Direct Support for Beneficiaries

Project Documents

 

Constanta Urban Development RAS Program

 

 

Danube Delta Integrated Sustainable Development Strategy

Project Documents

 

Elaboration of Integration Strategies for Poor Areas and Disadvantaged Communities

Project Documents

Animated Video: Integration of Marginalized Communities - a Gain for All

 

Enhanced Spatial Planning as a Precondition for Urban Development

Project Documents

Slideshow: Romanian Regional Development Program-Enhanced Spatial Planning Report

 

Harmonizing State and EU Funded Projects in Regions

Project Documents

Blog: Turning Romania’s secondary cities into engines of growth

Blog: Metropolitan development is central to Romania’s economic development

Blog: How can Romania’s cities strengthen implementation capacity for greater development impact?

Animated Video: Economic Growth in Romania - Using people for the core

Animated Video: Market Forces - Shaping Development in Romania

Animated Video: Competitive Cities - Engine of Romania's Economic Development

 

Real Estate - Basis for National and EU Policies

Project Documents


Support for the Institutional Capacity Development of ADI Integrated Territorial Investment Danube Delta

 
 

Technical Assistance for the Identification of Project Selection Models

 

TRANSPORT & ICT

Strengthen Strategic Planning in the Transport Sector

 


Support to the Implementation of the National Strategy for Digital Agenda

Blog: What will it take for Romania to fully reap the dividends of digital transformation?

TRADE & COMPETITIVENESS

Competitiveness Enhancement and Smart Specialization Policies in the West Region

 


Strengthening the Regulatory Impact Assessment Framework in Romania

Animated Video: Regulatory Impact Analysis