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Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) : annual report fiscal year 2016 (English)

The Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Program is unlike other trust funds managed by the World Bank Group (WBG). JSDF financed projects focus on addressing the multi-dimensional aspects of poverty. The unique approach of the JSDF is to pilot innovative community based and community driven projects targeted at the poor and vulnerable communities in WBG member countries, who have generally been by-passed by mainstream development interventions.The JSDF Program periodically realigns its focus to address emergingneeds while maintaining the key principle of community driven development with poor and vulnerable communities in the driving seat. This Annual Report presentsthe financial and operational performance of the JSDF Program in Fiscal Year (FY)2016. The report focuses particularly on the achievements of the developmentresults of the projects in the FY16 portfolio. The FY16 portfolio comprised 70 Recipient-Executed (RE) projects that amountedto 191.11 million, of which 29 projects (67.54 million dollars) closed during this period. Eleven new projects, including Seed Fund grants, a mounting 32.00 million dollars were approved in FY16 to support improved access to basic health, promote inclusive education, livelihood opportunities, and better nutrition.In FY16, a comprehensive Results Framework (RF) for the JSDF Program was developed and it has been well received by WBG Management and the GoJ. The RF provides the building blocks and processes for effective measurement of the development achievements of the program and is aligned with the WBG’s tier structure and Core Sector Indicators. The RF articulates the causal chain to reach JSDF’s higher-level objectives to contribute to the WBG’s twin objectives to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity through supporting innovative projects.Six thematic focus areas of the JSDF Program underpin the RF. These are: (i) Livelihood Support, (ii) Nutrition and Early Childhood Development, (iii) Inclusive Education, (iv) Environmentally Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Adaptation to Climate Change and Community-Level Disaster Risk Management, (v) Basic Sanitation and Health Services, and (vi) Legal Services and Local Governance. The achievements of the development results of the FY16 portfolio of projectspresented in this year’s Annual Report are in line with the thematic areas in the JSDF RF.The JSDF Program remained committed to enhancing the visibility of the GoJ’s generous contribution.The JSDF team has met with the officials of the EoJ and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and briefed them on the team’s observations from the oversight missions to theproject areas.




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Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) : annual report fiscal year 2016 (English). Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.