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

  • Tonga
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 11, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Tonga
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Oct 22, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 19, 2019

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Project Description
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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."

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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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