The Statistics for Results Facility is a multi-donor initiative, managed by the World Bank, to support statistical development in developing countries. Along with its Catalytic Fund (SRF-CF), this initiative promotes statistical capacity building and supports better policy formulation and decision-making through improvements in the production, availability and use of official statistics. More specifically, the SRF-CF aims to:
The SRF-CF was established for a pilot phase in 2009, with contributions from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, SRF-CF supported eight countries (Afghanistan, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal) and one regional project (Listening to Africa). For more details about individual project and accomplishments, refer to the latest SRF Annual Report and SRF Evaluations (found under the DOCUMENTS tab).
A country requesting support from the SRF-CF must have a National Statistical Plan and be willing to establish a National Partnership in Statistics, if one does not exist. More specifically, eligible countries must agree to:
To promote good practice, the SRF-CF encourages donors to agree on a number of principles in the area of statistics, based on the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. These include:
The SRF-CF encourages the establishment of a multi-stakeholder group - a National Partnership in statistics, to promote improved collaboration and coordination in the area of statistics.
Its objectives include agreeing on a costed and prioritized action plan to implement the National Statistical Plan, assist in developing proposal and financing arrangements for the implementation of the plan, coordinate all support to statistics while ensuring adherence to priorities, and monitor progress in implementation of the agreed plan.
The exact composition of the partnership group will differ among countries, but should include representatives from government, development partners involved in statistics, academia and civil society. The leadership of the Group is shared by a lead government agency and a designated lead donor.