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.



Summary of 2002 report of the Independent Monitoring Group (IMG): enhancing aid relationships in Tanzania

The 2003 Independent Monitoring Group (IMG) report was an outcome of a substantial history of reviews, which have examined the relationships between the Government of Tanzania (GoT) and aid donors conducted by observers independent of both sides. Relations between the two sides deteriorated to a low level in the early 1990s. In order to address this situation, an independent group of experts led by Professor Gerald K Helleiner was appointed to study the situation and make recommendations.


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