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Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF)

Background on 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 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 betweeen 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. To learn more about the CDF, visit the CDF web site

Malawi and the CDF

The Malawi PRSP (PDF) for FY04-FY06 incorporates elements of the CDF principles.  The strategy is comprehensive, coherent with a results-oriented strategic framework.  The consultative process through which it was developed has led to country ownership of the strategy.  For more information, please refer to the Malawi PRSP (PDF, 4 MB).



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