The Partnership for South Asia (PFSA) is a trust fund established in 2011 by the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction of South Asia.

PFSA design builds on two previous trust funds set up by AusAID and executed by the World Bank’s South Asia region: 1) The Policy Facility for Decentralization and Service Delivery (2006-2014), and 2) The Infrastructure for Growth Initiative (2007-2013).

PFSA design was scaled up through an innovative concept in strategic partnership management that enables programs, nominally “windows” of funding to be open in response to changing priorities.

PFSA funds are currently provided for development activities across several thematic areas, such as water supply and sanitation, gender, infrastructure, investment, trade, local governance and service delivery; and funds are allocated through seven funding windows.

Contributing to Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction in South Asia / Photo Credit: World Bank / Curt Carnemark
Contributing to Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction in South Asia