Learning from Experience

Perspectives on Poverty Reduction Strategies from Four Developing Countries

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Learning from Experience explores how the Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiative (PRSI) process is working, as seen from the perspective of four recipient countries. This initiative of the World Bank and IMF was introduced in 1999, with the aim of making aid more effective. It has been implemented in over forty low-income countries. Support for it from international institutions, donors and others, has ranged from enthusiastic to hostile.

The four country studies in this volume, from Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi and Bangladesh, consider the PRSI process under six headings: design of the strategy; the extent of country ownership and how to strengthen it; implementation; accountability; alignment of development partner support; and improving donor practices and procedures and cutting transactions costs.

Learning from Experience presents the effects of the PRSI process as they are experienced from recipient countries themselves, and will help international and national economic planners improve the way in which future Poverty Reduction Strategy plans are developed and implemented.



Monitoring Donor and IFI Support Behind Country-owned Poverty Reduction Strategies in Ghana

This chapter presents the second of the country reports prepared under the Commonwealth Secretariat project to monitor implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) process in Commonwealth countries. The report on Ghana was prepared by Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, and David Peretz, a senior consultant and adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat. This case study was completed in June 2005.


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