Public Information Notice: IMF Concludes Review of the Fundís Regional Technical Assistance Centers, August 12, 2005

Conclusions of the Task Force on IMF Technical Assistance, July 12, 2005

Africa Regional Technical Assistance Centers (AFRITACs) Independent Mid-term Evaluation: Volume I - Final Report, April 1, 2005

Evaluation of Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre , September 30, 2004

Mid-Term Review of Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC), August 1, 2003

Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Reviews IMF Technical Assistance, March 17, 2004

Supplement to the Review of Technical Assistance, February 17, 2004

Review of Technical Assistance Policy and Experience, June 12, 2002

The IMF Regional Technical Assistance and Training Centers a factsheet

Technical Assistance a factsheet



Review of the Fund's Regional Technical Assistance Centers

Prepared by the Office of Technical Assistance Management
(In consultation with other Departments)

June 28, 2005

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Contents

Executive Summary
   
I.  Introduction
   
II.  Establishment of the Regional TA Centers and Key Characteristics
   
III.  Value Added of the Regional Technical Assistance Centers
  A.   Summary Findings of the Independent Evaluations
  B.   Has the Fund Provided Additionality through RTACs?
  C.   The Fund as a Stakeholder
  D.   Complementarity Between RTAC and Other Fund Training
   
IV.  Organizational Lessons and Implications
  A.   Integration of the RTAC Activities in the TA Program
  B.   Quality Control and Accountability
  C.   Resource and Staffing Issues.
  D.   RTACs from the Perspective of the IEO Evaluation of the Fund’s TA
  E.   Implications
   
V.  Cost Effectiveness of the Centers
  A.   RTAC Costs
  B.   Cost Effectiveness of the RTACs and Other TA Modalities
   
VI.  Financing of the RTACs
   
VII.  Conclusions
  A.   Experience with the Current RTACs
  B.   Management Challenges Associated with the RTACs
  C.   Next Steps
   
VIII.  Issues for Discussion
 
Box
1.   An Alternative Regional TA Modality—Regional Advisors
     
Figures
1.   TA Delivered to All Countries
2.   TA Delivered to RTAC Beneficiary Countries
3.   FAD, MFD, and STA TA Delivery in the AFR Region
4.   External financing of RTACs and Fund TA
 
Tables
1.   Training Seminars and Workshops Organized by the RTACs in FY 2005
2.   Costs of the Regional Technical Assistance Centers
3.   Indicative Cost to the Fund of Various Technical Assistance
Delivery Modalities, FY 2004
4.   Sources of Finance of Other TA Modalities, FY 2003–FY 2005
 
Appendices
I.   Regional Technical Assistance Centers—Main Characteristics
II.   Survey of Fund Headquarters, Staff, and Resident Representatives
 
Appendix Tables
1.   Regional Technical Assistance Centers—Main Characteristics of Countries Served
2.   Regional Technical Assistance Centers—Main Characteristics of Funding and Resources
3.   Survey of Fund Headquarters, Staff, and Resident Representatives