What are Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS)?
Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) are customized advisory services offered by the World Bank to both borrowing and graduate members. RAS are requested and paid by clients through their own or third-party resources. Through RAS, the World Bank helps clients to design or implement better policies, strengthen institutions, build capacity, and inform development strategies or operations, with a view to achieve the development goals of each client.
How clients benefit from this instrument?
Through RAS, clients benefit from global knowledge and expertise that are mobilized by the World Bank. RAS are flexible and easily adapted to meet country needs, and can take many forms, including the following:
- Analytical and diagnostic work
- Policy advice
- Donor aid coordination
- Impact evaluation
- Program implementation support
- Delivery of training
- Knowledge sharing and peer learning
RAS clients are non-commercial and include:
- Central governments
- Subnational governments
- State-owned enterprises
- Non-governmental and other not-for-profit organizations (such as chambers of commerce)
- Multilateral institutions, including development banks and regional organizations