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The independent assessment of Japan social development fund (JSDF) : Volume 1 - Final report (English)

Established in 2000, the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) is a partnership between the government of Japan (GoJ) and the World Bank Group (WBG). It is designed to provide grant assistance to initiatives that promote innovative approaches to addressing human development challenges in low and lower‐middle income countries of the WBG. The Fund is targeted toward relatively small‐scale pilot interventions of up to three million US dollars in overall value. It is administered by the Trust Funds and Partnerships Department (DFPTF) within the WBG’s Development Finance Vice Presidency (DFi). In 2007, a first evaluation of the JSDF was undertaken. During annual consultations held in December 2012, the GoJ and the then CFPTO (now DFPTF) agreed to undertake an independent assessment of the Fund since the last review in 2007. The overall objectives of the Assessment are to contribute to the efforts to enhance the results of the Fund and improve its operation. Two extensive chapters of Findings were developed for this Assessment, one focusing on the contribution of JSDF grants to poverty reduction and livelihood support and the second on issues related to the management of the JSDF granting mechanism. Some twenty six specific Findings are presented, highlighting the major conclusions derived from those Findings.


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The independent assessment of Japan social development fund (JSDF) : Volume 1 - Final report (English). Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.