The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) seeks to assist developing countries in building their capacity to analyze and employ international standards, guidelines and recommendations and thus improve their ability to secure and retain access to markets. The STDF provides project preparation grants of maximum 50,000 USD to overcome constraints faced by developing countries in enhancing their capacity to meet SPS standards. Project grant financing for a maximum of 1,000,000 USD in STDF funding is available for projects which address underlying issues of SPS capacity building through innovative, preventative and replicable approaches.
Beneficiaries from LDCs and other low-income countries (LICs) contribute at least 10% of the requested STDF contribution to the project, compared to 20% for other developing countries. From 2003 to 2017, the STDF funded 151 projects (75 projects with the project preparation grants and 76 projects with the project grants), 86 of which in LDCs. The STDF has a goal of allocating at least 40% of its resources to LDCs and other LICs. In 2017, approximately 55% of total funding, and 70% of the resources dedicated to project preparation grants, went to LDCs (Annual Report, 2017).
A Practical Guide on Trade-related Project Identification, Formulation and Design is available on the STDF website.
The STDF is a global partnership established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The organization is administered by the WTO and aims to devote at least 40% of its project resources to LDCs and LICs.