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and experience of the trainers. 60. The Fund uses the following TA evaluation instruments: Fund-wide evaluations . After the 1999 Review of Fund Technical Assistance, there have been a number of periodic reviews or tasks forces employed to evaluate TA, including an independent evaluation by the IEO. Department evaluations . In July 2002, the Executive Board established a TA Evaluation Program, in which three to four evaluations a year are undertaken and then presented to the Board. The last report summarizing such evaluations was provided to the

International Monetary Fund
This supplement provides background information on various aspects of capacity development (CD) for the main Board paper, The Fund’s Capacity Development Strategy—Better Policies through Stronger Institutions. It is divided into nine notes or sections, each focused on a different topic covered in the main paper. Section A explores the importance of institutions for growth, and the role the Fund can play in building institutions. Section B presents stylized facts about how the landscape for CD has changed since the late 1990s. Section C discusses the difficulties of analyzing CD data because of measurement issues. Section D provides a longer-term perspective on how Fund CD has responded to member needs. Section E contains information on previous efforts to prioritize CD, assesses Regional Strategy Notes (RSNs) and country pages, and suggests ways to strengthen RSNs, including by using the Fund’s surveillance products. Section F compares the technical assistance (TA) funding model proposed in the 2011
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This paper examines the Republic of Mozambique’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Progress Report. The paper presents the national macroeconomic setting and describes the main economic policy measures for 2001 and 2002. It evaluates the process of integrating the Plan for the Reduction of Absolute Poverty (PARPA) into annual planning instruments and the monitoring and evaluation process. The government’s performance in the fundamental action areas is discussed. The paper also describes the trends of the main sectoral indicators, and compares the results obtained by these sectors with the corresponding PARPA targets.
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This paper outlines reforms to increase the effectiveness of the Fund’s capacity development (CD) program. It builds on the 2008 and 2011 reviews of technical assistance (TA) and the 2008 review of training, which set in motion important changes to make CD more valuable to member countries. Reforms will involve Board endorsement in a few areas and implementation by staff of related next steps.
Ms. Hali J Edison, Dimitre Milkov, and Josephat Koima
The IMF provides training to its membership in its core areas of expertise mainly through its Institute for Capacity Development (ICD) or formerly the IMF Institute (INS). This paper looks at the methods that ICD used to evaluate this activity and analyzes the data collected over the period 2006–13. Since 2015, ICD has undertaken a review of its curriculum and revamped its courses and evaluations. Hence this paper provides a detailed analysis of the situation prior to the review.The study's novel feature is its attempt to distill information from all evaluation sources in one place. It also conducts analysis to explain the evaluation results using participant demographic information. An important message that emerges from the different surveys is that ICD’s training program is well liked. Notable differences in results surface when sorting evaluations results by course type or by geographic location, and whether evaluations were filled out by participants or by their sponsoring managers.
Ezequiel Cabezon and Mr. Tej Prakash
This paper examines, in a formal econometric framework, the linkages between public financial management and fiscal outcomes in sub-Saharan African countries. Similar analyses have been done for Latin America, Europe, and the United States, but none in the context of low-income countries. Using public financial management indicators, as measured in two recent assessments related to the Heavily-Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, this study shows that improving public financial management leads to better fiscal outcomes, as measured by the overall fiscal balance and external debt levels, after controlling for other characteristics that might alter fiscal outcomes.
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This paper presents an update to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. It discusses that a tendency toward continual growth of the unemployment levels was verified in the urban region between 2000 and 2003 while during the same period, a tendency of continual decrease in the rural zone was detected, with a few variations. The variation rate of unemployment in the urban zone during the period between 2000 and 2003 was 48 percent while the variation rate of unemployment in the rural region was 16.5 percent.