Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB)

The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), a multi-donor trust fund, aims to improve the capacity of developing countries to produce and use statistics with an overall objective of supporting effective decision-making for development. The TFSCB works closely with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) to advance coordinated international efforts to improve statistics globally. The TFSCB supports projects aiming at strengthening national statistical systems in priority areas and developing statistical capacity in a sustainable manner, including openness and accessibility of data in line with the Open Data Initiative and innovative approaches to improve data collection.

For more information, you may contact Masako HiragaSun Hwa Song or Gabriela Tercero in the TFSCB Administration Unit Team.

The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) was established on April 13, 1999 to strengthen the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries. It is a global grant facility, administered by the Development Data Group of the World Bank on behalf of the contributing donors. TFSCB focuses on improving countries’ capacity in the production, analysis, dissemination and use of timely statistics. In coordination with national programs and international initiatives, TFSCB provides a practical mechanism to achieve the vision of the Partnership for Statistics for Development for the 21st Century (PARIS21). It aspires to develop effective and efficient national statistical systems and to promote a culture of evidence-based decision making and implementation. Moreover, consistent with the Busan Action Plan for Statistics (BAPS) and the needs of the post-2015 development agenda, TFSCB pays special attention to improving production and use of gender statistics, advancing the data foundation for measuring sustainable development, experimenting with innovative approaches in gathering, producing and using data; and  making government data more accessible.

TFSCB has received contributions from the United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, IrishAid, Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility, Canada, France, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It has so far provided funding for more than 400 projects in all regions of the world.

Consultative Group Meetings Reports

TFSCB Advisory Panel Reports



What is TFSCB?
By Masako Hiraga & Sun Hwa Song | May 08, 2019

Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on pastoral populations in the Sahel
By Craig Hammer, Leslie Ricketts & Niharika Hanglem| July 16, 2020

Ensuring gains in statistical capacity during COVID-19
By Masako Hiraga & Maria Gabriela Tercero | June 03, 2020

TFSCB’s rapid support to help countries respond to the COVID-19 outbreak
By Masako Hiraga & Sun Hwa Song | May 14, 2020

How the Mongolian nomadic survey is leaving no one behind
By Masako Hiraga, Ikuko Uochi & Gabriela R. A. Doyle | Aprile 18, 2020

Data innovation project success stories from around the world
By Sun Hwa Song, Siddhesh Kaushik & Leslie Ricketts | January 22, 2020

A SMART solution: How we helped build a low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities
Sun Hwa Song, Siddhesh Kaushik, Leslie Ricketts & David Mariano | March 3, 2020

Disability data is integral to achieving the SDGs
By Buyant Erdene Khaltarkhuu & Akiko Sagesaka | December 03, 2019

How Statistical Capacity Building projects benefited Sudan
By Sun Hwa Song & Masako Hiraga | October 23, 2019

Small seeds become plants that often grow into big trees: How catalytic trust fund generates momentum in development
By Sun Hwa Song & Masako Hiraga | November 13, 2019


Restoring reliable data capacity in fragile and conflict-affected situations
By Ankur Nagar | June 8, 2020

Bhutan: Statistics and the pursuit of happiness
By Ankur Nagar | December 09, 2019

How to invest in the data revolution
By Masako Hiraga and Ankur Nagar | September 25, 2019


Groundbreaking Household Survey Reaps Broad Array of Data in Djibouti
October 1, 2019

Strengthening Statistical Capacities to Tackle School Dropout in Guatemala
October 16, 2020