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Statistical Capacity Building
 Ongoing work

The World Bank promotes statistical capacity building (SCB) mainly through financial instruments, advisory services, knowledge products, and partnerships. Our activities are centred around the implementation of the global action plans for statistics, the Marrakech Action Plans for Statistics (MAPS) and the more recent Busan Action Plan for Statistics (BAPS. Main financial instruments are loans and grants. Lending projects are mostly long term and comprehensive in coverage. The projects typically aim at improved economic and social information for policy making and poverty reduction by strengthening planning, statistical legislations, infrastructure, human resources, data collection, processing, analyzing, archiving, and dissemination. A multi-country lending program, Statistical Capacity Building Program (STATCAP), became operational in 2004 to make investments in statistical development easier and more effective. It is designed to be simple to initiate, plan and operate.


• A web-based tool called the "Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity (BBSC)" is available on the World Bank website. The tool aims to help strengthen the capacity of countries, especially IDA countries, to compile and use statistics with an overall aim of supporting the management of development results. Specifically, the BBSC: i) presents key information on national statistical systems collected from national and international sources, including planning, funding, human resources, census and surveys; ii) assesses countries' statistical capacity in key areas including institutional framework, statistical methodology, source data, data periodicity and timeliness through the use of a composite indicator, checklists, maps and charts; and iii) allows users to provide feedback and updates easily and quickly with interactive features. The BBSC is available online at:

Open Government

"The World Bank's Open Data Initiative, launched in April, 2010, provides free, open and easy access to development data, and challenges the global community to use the data to create new solutions to reduce poverty. The World Bank is also responding to developing countries' demand for support to implement vibrant and sustainable open data initiatives. The Bank provides technical assistance and training tools for open data that can be used at the city, sector and national levels (see The Bank is engaged actively in countries such as Moldova, and providing on-demand advice to many other developing countries. By responding to these client demands, the World Bank Group promotes transparency, more efficient public service delivery, and innovation and economic growth. For instance, to enhance budget transparency and accountability, through instruments like BOOST the Bank is simultaneously helping authorities to better analyze, visualize and geo-map government spending for decision-making and making fiscal data more accessible to the public. Many other data driven applications have been created -and are publically available- as a result of Bank sponsored competitions (apps for development, apps for climate, apps for water and similar). The Bank’s openness agenda continues to gain momentum, eliminating barriers so that all stakeholders participate, collaborate, and innovate in democratizing development."