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Country Assistance Strategy


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.

World Bank Interim Strategy Note (ISN) to Namibia

The ISN (PDF), the first-ever framework for engagement with the Namibian government, was approved by the Bank's Executive Board in April 2007.

It focuses on a flexible, demand-driven business model in step with the government’s budget and decision-making processes. The engagement will be at three levels:

(i) continued work on education and environment;
(ii) building on existing fiduciary and analytical work; and
(iii) responses to government requests for analytic and advisory activities based on a collaborative process of priority setting.

Lending is envisaged for two Development Policy Loans in support of education.

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