WB TA Trends
INTRODUCING THE MDB
The five multilateral development banks (MDBs) provide or administer finance for consulting assignments (known as technical assistance or TA) for their projects in developing countries on five continents – Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (ECA), the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), and Latin America.
In the last five years for which data are available, the five MDBs have committed almost $9 billion for consulting assignments, which are included in every MDB project and are also used to prepare every MDB project, as well as providing advisory services relating to proposed or ongoing sector programs. The World Bank is dominant in the MDB consulting market, followed by the Asian Development Bank.
The following pages give details of:
The relative amounts of TA funded by the different MDBs - from FY 2002 - 2006, the MDBs financed $8.8 billion worth of TA, about 74 percent of which was financed by the World Bank.
The trends in yearly MDB TA lending over the past five fiscal years, which has remained relatively flat until the last two years - in FY 2006, the total MDB TA commitments were $1.7 billion.
The sectors for which the World Bank committed its consulting funds in FY 2007, led by Law & Public Administration, Health and Transportation. And
Specific examples of actual consulting assignments required on MDB projects in 2005.
The distinction between consulting and services assignments as defined by the World Bank.
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Last updated November 21, 2007