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WASHINGTON DC, March 22, 2005 – The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of US$7 million to the government of Burkina Faso to provide technical assistance in support of the implementation of key public sector reforms.
These sectors are: decentralization of key functions and resources to local authorities; deconcentration of central ministries; strengthening of public finances efficiency and transparency; improvement of human resources management; and formulation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies.
“In order to attain its development objectives, Burkina Faso must be able to count on efficient public services to provide its citizens with support for everyday living,” said Helene Grandvoinnet, the World Bank Task Team Leader for the project.
The project will be implemented in five key ministries: the Ministries of Finance and Budget; Economy and Development; Civil Service and State Reform; Territorial Administration and Decentralization; Health; and the Prime Ministers Office. Technical Assistance financing will be made available according the ministries demands. The project will also strengthen the capacity of the two main local public sector training institutes.
As donors continue to move towards higher levels of financing in the form of budget support, an increasing percentage of poverty reduction activities will be channeled through the public sector. The five year project will help set the basis for a process of permanent capacity building in the administration of public services, and will improve administration structures and processes in light of the decentralization policy.
This project is aligned with the Poverty Reduction Strategy’s objectives to accelerate growth based on equity, improve access to basic social services, create more jobs, and promote good governance.
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