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Country Assistance Strategy

Country Assistance Strategy

Background

The Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) is the most important World Bank country document. It is tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country and lays down the Bank Group's development priorities, as well as the level and type of assistance the Bank will provide for a period of three to four years.

The CAS preparation is a participatory process. Before its adoption, key elements of the strategy are discussed with government representatives, and, to ensure the widest possible involvement, public dialogues are also held, with Internet-based discussions taking place in many countries.

However, the CAS is not a negotiated document. Any differences between the country's own agenda and the Bank's strategy are highlighted in the CAS document. A progress report is issued in the intervening year.

Profile of 2010-2012 Country Assistance Strategy for Burkina Faso

The 2010-2012 CAS for Burkina Faso is a transition strategy before the expected design of a joint assistance strategy by all the country’s technical and financial partners, that will be aligned with the new Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustained Development (Stratégie de Croissance Accélérée et de Développement Durable-SCADD) to be finalized and adopted by the end of this year –in replacement of the current Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)- and which will cover the 2011-2015 period..

The present CAS is aligned with Burkina Faso’s development priorities as identified in the PRSP and the SCADD Concept Note and takes into account the country’s needs and realities as well as its specific development. Also, the 2010-2012 CAS is flexible and contains mechanisms to respond to the ever volatile global economic context. Last, thanks to its transversal issues, the CAS contributes to set and reinforce the grounds for a sustainable, endogenous and faire development.

The 2010-2012 is based on two strategic pillars:

I - Minimizing economic vulnerability and promoting Growth through economic transformation

This pillar aims at assisting Burkina Faso achieve positive growth and minimize economic vulnerability while preparing the transition to a dynamic and diversified economy. It will also support the emerging environmental management and growth-pole approach to development, in line with the Government’s new development strategy.

The objectives of this pillar are:

  • To durably reinforce the performance of the cotton sector;
  • To increase agricultural productivity;
  • To accelerate economic diversification and increase exports;
  • To promote a favorable environment for private sector-led diversification;
  • To improve access to regional and international markets;
  • Sharing Growth through improved service delivery;

II - This pillar aims at improving both offer and demand of/for efficient and quality social service by supporting engaged governance and addressing constraints linked to lack of capacity.

The objectives of this pillar are:

  • To increase the demand for quality social services ;
  • To improve efficiency in the management of public resources so as to provide better quality services ;
  • To support institutions in order to improve the delivery of social services.

The CAS has three transversal themes:

  • Governance and capacity building;
  • Demography;
  • Governance and anti-corruption (GAC)

Low institutional capacities and high demography are challenges to the CAS’s strategic pillars. Because they are transversal, the issues of Governance, capacity building and demography will be both specifically targeted and mainstreamed throughout the Bank’s present operations in Burkina Faso.

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