Front Matter

Front Matter Page

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Evaluation of the U.K. DFID-Financed Technical Assistance GDDS Project for Selected Anglophone African Countries (2001–06)

Prepared by the Statistics Department

Approved by Robert W. Edwards

March 21, 2008

Contents

  • Acronyms

  • Executive Summary

  • I. Introduction: Background and Relevance of the Project

  • II. Outcomes of the AAf Project

    • A. The Project

    • B. Outcomes—Participation in the GDDS

    • C. Capacity-Building Outcomes

    • D. Results Related to the Enhancement of Cooperation

  • III. The AAf Project Interim Reviews

    • A. First and Second Joint Reviews

    • B. Third Joint Review

    • C. Lessons from the Reviews

  • IV. Integration of the AAf Project into STA Operations

  • V. Phase II of the AAf Project

  • VI. Longer-Term TA Issues

  • VII. Conclusions

  • Tables

  • 1. The AAf Project: TA Missions and Other Project Activities, 2001–06

  • 2. The AAf Project: IMF TA Missions and Other Activities by Country, 2002–2006

  • 3. Summary of Project Evaluation Reports from Select Missions to Ghana, Kenya, and Sierra Leone, 2002–06

  • 4. STA Technical Assistance Missions in Recent Years: Additionality Enabled by DFID and AFRITAC External Funding

  • Figure

  • 1. Regional and AAf Project Countries’ Representation in the GDDS and SDDS

  • Boxes

  • 1. The AAf Project Phase I, November 2001–December 2006

  • 2. TA Prioritization and Method of Delivery in Phase I of the Project

  • 3. Selected Outputs Achieved in AAf Project Countries, 2002–06

  • 4. Interviews with AAf Project Participants at End of Phase I

  • 5. Experience with the National GDDS Awareness Workshops

  • 6. An Experience with a Regional Event

  • 7. Summary Findings of the Third Review of the AAf Project, Phase I (2001–06)

  • 8. Evaluations and the Technical Assistance Information Management System

  • 9. STA’s Response in Addressing TA Problems in the AAf Project, Phase I

  • Appendix

  • 1. Strengths and Weaknesses of the AAf Project, Phase

  • Appendix Tables

  • 1. The Data Dimension of the GDDS: Core Data Categories and Indicators (IMF Only)

  • 2. TA Missions and Other Activities by Period, IMF, 2002–2006

  • 3. Activities of the AAf Project, Phase I from Nov. 2001 to April 2006

  • 4. TA Missions and Other Activities by Country, World Bank, 2002–2006

  • 5. AAf Project Countries: Subscription Dates, ROSCs, and Metadata Updates

  • 6. GDDS Countries with Sovereign Bond Ratings, by Rating Agency

  • References

Acronyms

AAf

Anglophone African

ACBF

African Capacity-Building Foundation

AFRITAC

Africa Regional Technical Assistance Center

DFID

Department for International Development (U.K.)

DSBB

Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board

DSI

Data Standards Initiative (IMF)

EMAR

End-of-mission assessment report

GDDS

General Data Dissemination System

IEO

Internal Evaluation Office

MAPS

Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics

MDGs

Millennium Development Goals

MEFMI

Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa

NSDP

National summary data page

NSDS

National Strategy for the Development of Statistics

OTM

Office of Technical Assistance Management, IMF

PARIS21

Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century

PER

Project evaluation report

PFS

Project summary framework

PRSP

Poverty reduction strategy paper

ROSC

Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes

SDDS

Special Data Dissemination Standard

SMT

Statement of mission tasks

STA

Statistics Department, IMF

STATCAP

Statistical Capacity Building Initiative (World Bank)

SWAp

System-Wide Approach

TA

Technical assistance

TAIMS

Technical Assistance Information Management System

TOR

Terms of reference

Evaluation of the U.K. DFID-Financed Technical Assistance GDDS Project for Selected Anglophone African Countries (2001-06)
Author: International Monetary Fund