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Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper


Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) describe a country's macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs to promote growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated external financing needs. PRSPs are prepared by governments through a participatory process that involves civil society and development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

PRSPsprovide the basis for World Bank and International Monetary Fund IMF assistance as well as debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. PRSPs should be country-driven, comprehensive, partnership-oriented, and participatory. A country only needs to write a PRSP every three years; however, changes can be made to the content of a PRSP using an Annual Progress Report. For more information on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, visit the World Bank Povertynet website.

Chad's PRSP, 2003-2005

The Chad Government presented their Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PDF) in June 2003. The document assesses the extent of poverty in Chad, defines the causes, outlines the strategy to eradicate poverty, and describes the plan for implementing the PRSP.

Quantitative data on economic and social indicators, living conditions, and poverty in Chad has been sparse. Consequently, the poverty diagnosis was made with very limited information. However, it made good use of information obtained from the participatory, consensus-building process that involved the public sector, private sector, civil society associations, and the National Assembly.  This input was enhanced with the input of Chad’s development partners and donors, particularly the United Nations System, the World Bank, IMF, European Union, France, and GTZ.

The poverty reduction strategy aims to reduce poverty to below half the estimated 1995 level by 2015, in line with the Millennium Development Goals. Other strategic priorities are listed below:

Improve political, judicial, economic and social governance 
Ensure strong and sustained growth

Improve human capital, including HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation


Improve living conditions of vulnerable groups

Restore and safeguard ecosystems.

The Chad PRSP will be implemented in three stages between 2003 and 2015. It includes proposed indicators and targets for monitoring and evaluating its progress and effectiveness.


Chad's Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, July 2003 (PDF, 562 KB)

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