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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

Background on 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.


Country Assistance Strategy for Sao Tome and Principe

This Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Sao Tome and Principe covers the four-year period from FY06 to FYO9. The CAS supports the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and sets out the planned lending and non-lending activities of the World Bank and their intended results.

This CAS benefits from a more robust analysis and knowledge base of the country than existed at the time of the previous CAS (FY01-05) as a result of the broader economic and sector work that has been conducted since then and the more intensive dialogue between the Bank and the Government.

Above all, the strategy remains tightly focused, building upon on-going activities and enhancing and deepening the strategy laid out in the previous CAS, as well as building on the lessons learnt from its implementation.

For more information, refer to the Sao Tome and Principe CAS (PDF, 2 MB).


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