Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (WB-P171377)

  • Tonga
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 11, 2020
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Government of Tonga
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  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1.50 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Oct 22, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 19, 2019

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Project Description

According to the bank document, the proposed project will "support countries in the Pacific region to increase the quality, frequency, and timeliness of socioeconomic statistics. The program envisions one regional organization grant to the Statistics for Development Division (SDD) of the Pacific Community, and two to three country level projects. The grant to the regional organization has planned three components. First, the grant will support the newly formed Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB). The PSMB was created by the 2017 Heads of Planning meeting to promote rigorous approaches to methodological work in regional National Statistics Offices (NSOs). The second component supports SDD to increase their capacity to analyze and provide training in welfare measurement, including the calculation of poverty statistics. The final component provides financing to foster innovation, focused mainly on novel methods of data collection. The country-level grants supportthe collection of the next one to two rounds of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) using improved methods, including a revised questionnaire, electronic data capture and verification, and reduced processing times. In addition, the countryprojects will provide targeted support to the project implementation teams within the NSOs, including materials and non-statistics technical training."

Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank
Kristen Himelein Kastelic, Team Leader-Senior Economist/Statistician

Tonga Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agencies
Tonga Department of Statistics (TDOS)
Viliami Fifita
Government Statistician


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