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Comprehensive Development Framework


Eliminating poverty, reducing inequity, and improving opportunity for people in low- and middle-income countries are the World Bank Group's central objectives. The Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF) is an approach by which countries can achieve these objectives. It emphasizes the interdependence of all elements of development—social, structural, human, governance, environmental, economic, and financial.

The CDF advocates: a holistic long-term strategy; the country in the lead, both "owning" and directing the development agenda, with the Bank and other partners each defining their support in their respective business plans; stronger partnerships among governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, and other development stakeholders in implementing the country strategy; and a transparent focus on development outcomes to ensure better practical success in reducing poverty.

The CDF is the foundation for the new partnership between developed and developing countries to achieve improvements in sustainable growth and poverty reduction that will help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The CDF approach, operationalized through the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in low-income countries, provides the common foundation for implementing this new partnership at the country level. 

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