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The IEO provides objective and independent evaluation on issues related to the IMF. The Office operates independently of IMF management and at arm's length from the IMF's Executive Board.

Evaluation of the Technical Assistance
Provided by the
International Monetary Fund

Volume I and II

January 31, 2005

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Press Relase: Independent Evaluation Office Announces Release of Report on the Evaluation of Technical Assistance Provided by the Fund, March 2, 2005 French (72 kb, pdf file) | Spanish (48 kb, pdf file)

Full text in PDF format: French (819 kb)

Volume I — Main Report (437 kb pdf file)
  List of Abbreviations
  Summary of Major Findings and Recommendations
  I. Introduction
    A. Issues to be addressed
    B. Methodology and Empirical Basis
  II. The 1999 Fund-wide TA Evaluation
  III. Trends and Patterns in the Allocation of TA Resources
    A. TA Resources at the Aggregate Level
    B. Overall Resources Used by the Functional Departments
    C. Distribution of TA by Per Capita Income Level and Region
    D. Trends by Functional Departments and Policy Initiatives
    E. Modes of Delivery
    F. Variables Influencing the Allocation of TA to Countries
    G. Countries Above and Below the Estimated Regression
  IV. Identifying TA Needs and the Allocation of TA Resources
    A. Introduction: What is Classified as TA?
    B. Identifying TA Needs—Attempts to Make the Process More Strategic
    C. Links Between TA Provided by the IMF and
Article IV Surveillance
    D. How Well are TA Priorities Linked to the PRS Process?
    E. Inputs of Other Surveillance-Related Activities on TA Allocation
    F. The Experience with the Technical Consultations Initiative
    G. The Experience with Prioritization “Filters”
    H. How are Countries’ TA Needs Translated into Final Resource Allocations?
    I. Conclusions and Recommendations


The Process of TA Delivery
    A. Formulating Requests for TA and Drafting the Associated Terms of Reference
    B. Short-Term versus Long-Term Modalities for Providing TA
    C. Attributes of a Good Long-Term Expert
    D. Enhancing Ownership of TA Recommendations
    E. Efforts at a Wider Dissemination of TA Recommendations
    F. Coordination with Other Providers of TA
    G. Conclusions and Recommendations

Measuring the Effectiveness of TA: Tracking Implementation and Factors Influencing Progress and Implementation

    A. Methodological Limitations in Defining and Measuring
Progress and Impact
    B. Progress in Implementing TA in the Case Studies
    C. Emerging Messages from the Case Studies
    D. Improving the IMF’s Ability to Track Progress and Measure TA Impact
    E. Signaling Ownership: Cash Charges versus Other Approaches to Signaling Country Commitment
    F. Strengthening the Synergy Between Training and TA
    G. Conclusions and Recommendations
Volume II — Country Papers
  Table of Contents (60 kb pdf file)
  Technical Assistance in Cambodia, FY1998–2003
(English, 127 kb pdf file - Khmer, 7,223 kb PDF file)
  Technical Assistance in Honduras, FY1999–2003
(English, 120 kb pdf file - Spanish, 86 kb PDF file)
  Technical Assistance in Niger, FY19992003
(English, 164 kb pdf file - French, 164 kb PDF file)
  Technical Assistance in Ukraine, FY1999–2003
(English, 128 kb pdf file)
  Technical Assistance in Yemen, FY1999–2003
(English, 189 kb pdf file - Arabic, 164 kb PDF file)
  Technical Assistance in Zambia, FY1999–2003
(English, 138 kb pdf file)
Statement by the Managing Director on the Independent Evaluation Office Evaluation of the Technical Assistance, February 11, 2005 (21 kb pdf file)
The Acting Chair's Summing Up: Independent Evaluation Office-Evaluation of the Technical Assistance Provided by the Fund , February 18, 2005 (209 kb pdf file)