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Yasmin Alem and Jacinta Bernadette Shirakawa
Based on internal data, this paper finds that the capacity development program of the IMF’s Statistics Department has prioritized technical assistance and training to fragile and conflict-affected states. These interventions have yielded only slightly weaker results in fragile states than in other states. However, capacity development is constantly needed to make up for the dissipation of progress resulting from insufficient resources that fragile and conflict-affected states allocate to the statistical function, inadequate inter-agency coordination, and the pervasive impact of shocks exogenous to the statistical system. Greater coordination with other capacity development providers and within the IMF can help partially overcome low absorptive capacity in fragile states. Statistical capacity development is more effective when it is tailored to countries’ level of fragility.
Yasmin Alem and Jacinta Bernadette Shirakawa

Data Challenges 3c. Countries Facing Institutional Cooperation Challenges 4. RBM Risk Ratings by Category, FY2017–21 5a. STA CD Missions 5b. STA CD Missions Annual Growth Rates 5c. STA CD Spending 6. Average STA CD Delivery to FCS, by Region 7. STA CD Missions to Fragile Countries 8. Global Intensity of STA CD Mission Delivery to FCS 9. STA CD Delivery to FCS by Statistical Topic and Region 10a. Share of STA CD Missions to FCS, by Funding Source 10b. Share of STA CD Missions to non-FCS, by Funding Source 11. STA CD to FCS by HQ and RCDC 12a

Yasmin Alem and Jacinta Bernadette Shirakawa

System (PATS). Figure 5c. STA CD Spending (Left; Millions of USD; Right; Percent of CD Spending) Source: Estimates based on Analytics Costing & Estimation System (ACES) data. Looking at trends at the regional level, Africa (AFR) is the largest beneficiary of STA CD to FCS, followed by APD and MCD ( Figure 6 ), where the rising trend was reversed by the crisis. In APD, the number of FCS missions has been relatively stable, probably reflecting less severe connectivity and IT problems. In MCD, the number of missions has been more volatile with the