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Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF)

Background on the CDF

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 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    
  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 MDGs (see The Monterrey Consensus 2002, PDF).  The CDF approach, operationalized through PRSPs in low-income countries, provides the common foundation for implementing this new partnership at the country level. For more information, visit the CDF website.

Guinea-Bissau and the CDF

The Interim National Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-NPRSP) for Guinea-Bissau incorporates elements of the CDF principles such as country ownership and partnerships with national institutions, civil society and international organizations in the strategy formulation process.  The I-NPRSP is long term as it incorporates objectives for the year 2015 set by the OECD/DAC and at several UN conferences.   For more information, please refer to the Guinea-Bissau I-NPRSP or the CDF Country Assessments.


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