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Country Assistance Strategy

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Background

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 Mauritania, FY2008 – 2011

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors endorsed July 17, 2007 a new Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Mauritania for the four-year period 2008-2011. The overall goal of this strategy is to strengthen economic governance, build public sector capacity and help improve the investment climate while continuing to fight poverty and inequalities in both urban and rural areas. The new CAS reflects a collaborative approach between the World Bank Group, government and development partners to support the country’s development.

The Country Assistance Strategy for the Period FY08-FY11 for Mauritania stresses that Mauritania is at a critical political and economic crossroads. This new CAS was drafted through a participatory process to ensure that its objectives are closely aligned with country needs and built on lessons learned, a results-oriented framework, and assessment of the Bank's relative added value.
Under the new CAS, the development partners will work closely with the government of Mauritania to support improvement of public financial management, ensure sound management of oil revenues and strengthen checks and balance across public institutions. The CAS envisions increased community participation –notably through third party monitoring of the Bank portfolio—and capacity building of civil society organizations.

Like all previous Bank engagements, the new CAS encompasses five pillars that are aligned with the country’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP-2):

  • Accelerating growth and maintaining macroeconomic equilibrium;
  • Anchoring growth in the economic environment of the poor;
  • Developing human resources and generalizing access to basic social services;
  • Improving good governance and capacity building;
  • Reinforcing strategic oversight of programs, monitoring, evaluation, and coordination.
Over the next four years, the Bank will re-engage with the private sector through a Private/Financial Sector Technical Assistance project which will address the financial and private sector development issues handled in close collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). This project will focus on increasing non-oil investment in the economy and on improving the soundness and efficiency of the Mauritanian financial system, and providing support to prepare public private partnerships in the energy sector.




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