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This review of Phase I of the technical assistance (TA) General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project (2001–2006) for 15 Anglophone African countries1—funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) and executed jointly by the Fund and the World Bank—(henceforth, referred to as the Anglophone African (AAf) project) focuses mostly on the components that were implemented by the Fund’s Statistics Department (STA). The review draws on various internal and periodic evaluations of project execution and reports by technical assistance providers. The GDDS—part of the Fund’s Data Standards Initiative—defined the framework for the AAf project. The main goal of the project was initially limited to assisting countries to become participants in the GDDS via preparatory workshops and development of metadata and plans for improvement. The goal was subsequently expanded to providing TA and promoting greater awareness and regional cooperation.
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population data, and agriculture sector data. GDDS awareness workshops have been particularly well received and have made a contribution to improved cross-agency communication. It is harder to tell whether and how better data collection, analysis, and dissemination are contributing to planning and policymaking. However, there is evidence that countries’ borrowing costs are reduced by 8 percent when signed up to the GDDS and up to 20 percent when the country meets the SDDS standard. 1/ This and other ‘purpose level’ impacts will be explored in greater detail in the