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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 $32 million loan under STATCAP for a statistical capacity building program in Ukraine was approved by the Bank's Executive Board in 2004, and will close by the end of 2012. The loan included finance for organizational and management reform, development of statistical infrastructure, modernization of computing infrastructure, technical assistance in various areas, and use of economic data in analysis and forecasting.

• In the Russian Federation as a part of the STATCAP facility a new $50 million Project for Development of the State Statistical System (STASYS 2) became effective in April 2008. The project is under implementation as a follow up to the STASYS project which was completed in December 2006. For the STASYS 2 Project, the World Bank finances 20% of the above amount to i) enforce further modernization of statistics methodology in compliance with the international standards; ii) strengthen development of modern design and technology for statistical data collection, processing, and dissemination; iii) ensure enhancement of social statistics, and iv) support human resource development in the statistical system. The World Bank and the Government of Russia is also in discussion regarding a large scale Reimbursable TA program.

• A $20 million loan under the STATCAP umbrella for Kazakhstan was approved by the World Bank in March 2011. The main objective of the project is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the national statistical system to provide relevant, timely and reliable data in line with internationally accepted methodology and best practices. The project will upgrade the conceptual, methodological and analytical skills of the Kazakh Agency on Statistics of Republic of Kazakhstan (ASRK) and other data producer and user agencies of the country. The loan agreement was signed in August 2011 and ratified by the Kazakh Parliament in December 2011. The project is currently under implementation.

• The World Bank manages a multi-donor Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB which aims to strengthen the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries. It supports: i) NSDS projects assisting the preparation of National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS); and ii) Statistical capacity improvement projects aiming at strengthening the capacity in key priority areas. TFSCB also funds participation of developing country representatives in meetings, seminars and workshops. TFSCB has financed below projects in the region that are under implementation.

• UNECE: Capacity Building Program on New Challenges in Economic Statistics in Central Asia and Eastern European Countries 2009-2011 $355,000.

• Turkmenistan: Statistical Capacity Building for Growth and Poverty Reduction $387,500.

• Piloting and Preparatory Work for 2011 Armenia Population Census $100,000.

• Russia: Strengthening Subnational Capacity for Analysis of Living Conditions $259,000.

• Georgia: National Statistics System Development Strategy $280,000.

• Georgia: Preparatory Work for 2013 Georgia National Population Census $250,000.

• CIS Statistical Committee Training Program $375,000.

• Tajikistan: Preparation of the Statistical Master Plan-2 $80,000.

• Kyrgyz Republic: Preparation of a New Statistical Master Plan $74,000.

• Russian Federation/CIS: The Need to Develop an Integrated System of Household Surveys to Collect Data on International Migration in the CIS States $320,000.

• A new Multi Donor Programmatic Trust Fund to Support Statistical Capacity Building in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries has recently been established, with Russian Federation providing funding. ECASTAT’s overall objective is to address the capacity and financial constraints of the statistical systems of the countries in the region. ECASTAT will support the long-term process of improving development outcomes by strengthening the production of reliable and relevant data on a timely basis for evidence-based decision making at all levels of government in Eastern Europe and the CIS region. The trust fund will provide funding for regional as well as country specific projects, with a preference for low and lower-middle income countries. ECASTAT is expecting to allocate its first grants in early spring 2013.

• The World Bank maintains a web site on Statistical Capacity Building which provides information on the financial instruments, including STATCAP and TFSCB, advisory services, databases, and reference materials available in support of statistical capacity building. See

• The World Bank has developed in the last three years the Virtual Statistical System which is an online resource for statisticians and users of statistics with information about how to manage statistical systems and how to make official statistics. The website includes a knowledge base and the VSS e-learning website called Modules for Strengthening Statistics. The site can be found at ( and The design of the site was an effort of working in partnership with several other international organizations and developed and developing countries. 

• The Country Statistical Information Database provides information on national statistical systems useful for assessing statistical capacity and monitoring progress in statistical capacity building in developing countries. The database contains information encompassing various aspects of national statistical systems and operations, such as statistical law, national statistical strategy, statistical practice, censuses and surveys, national statistical agencies and publications, , and World Bank statistical projects. It also includes a country-level composite statistical capacity indicator based on evaluation of countries against a set of criteria in the areas of statistical practice, data collection and indicator availability, consistent with international recommendations. In addition, the database allows for cross-country comparisons of selected indicators. See

• The World Bank provides funding to PARIS21 from its development Grant Facility for the implementation of the Accelerated Data Program (ADP), jointly implemented with the World Bank Data Group. The ADP provides support to countries in the areas of microdata documentation, dissemination and preservation. The Russian Federal Service of State Statistics (Rosstat) was introduced to the software and practices promoted by the ADP.

• 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."