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Mozambique Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)


Background of Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

The Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) is the most important World Bank document for each country. It is tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country and lays down the Bank Group's development priorities, as well as the level and type of assistance to be provided by the group for a period of three years.

The CAS preparation is a participatory process. Before its adoption, key elements of the strategy are discussed with goverment 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.  For more information, refer to the World Bank CAS website and Country Assistance Strategies


Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Mozambique, 2004 - 2007

The World Bank Board of Directors presented a new  Country Assistance Strategy for Mozambique in November 2003. The new CAS plans a continuation and deepening of past Bank efforts which helped the government to achieve growth, deliver services, build capacity, and transform aid modalities to sector-wide approaches and budget support against agreed performance indicators.  The Mozambique  CAS, which supports the government’s poverty reduction strategy, focuses on three areas:

 Strengthen governance
Spur broad-based economic growth by improving the business environment
  Improve the provision of services, particularly to the poor.



This is the first country assistance strategy prepared by the World Bank as a joint effort of IDA, IFC, and MIGA, confirming the strong emphasis of the CAS on strengthening the investment climate. The CAS is also among the first results-based strategies prepared by the World Bank and it includes an evaluation of achievements under the previous CAS as well as a set of monitoring indicators for the coming four years to determine to what extent the CAS’s outcomes are achieved. 

For more information, refer to The Country Assistance Strategy for Mozambique 2004-2007.


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