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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

Background on Country Assistance Strategy

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 World Bank Group's development priorities, as well as the level and type of assistance the Bank will provide for a period of three years.

The CAS preparation is a participatory process. Before the 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. More information is available at the World Bank CAS website.

Country Assistance Strategy for Cameroon

Cameroon’s main development challenge is to stimulate growth and to ensure dividends are equitably shared among the population in order to reduce poverty. The government’s development objectives are outlined in “Vision 2035” – an ambitious document that serves as the long-term anchor for the country’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), the 2009 Growth and Employment Strategy (Document de stratégie pour la croissance et l’emploi, or DSCE).

For the current Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) period, from 2010 to 2013, the Bank will, in its relations with Cameroon, focus on serving as a key advisor and catalyst for attracting investors to large projects, emphasizing the provision of high quality and operationally relevant analytical work.

The World Bank’s 2010 to 2013 CAS is aligned with the latest iteration of the DSCE, and while focused on catalyzing growth, the strategy also aims to ensure that this growth is shared in an equitable manner. The strategy is grounded in governance, and to this regard the World Bank will continue to leverage its program to promote improvements in core governance, including public financial management, deepen its governance work at the sector level, and aims to mainstream a governance dialogue in-country. To stimulate demand-side governance, the World Bank will work to develop the capacity of civil society organizations in order for these to more transparently manage governance- and integrity-related activities and assure more effective coordination and information-sharing in the area of governance and integrity.

The two strategic themes of the CAS are (a) to increase Cameroon’s competitiveness, and (b) to improve service delivery. A mix of lending and analytical activities will be used to support the two themes.

To download Cameroon's 2010-2013 CAS, please click here.




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