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Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP)

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP)


Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) describe a country's macroeconomic, structural, and social policies and programs to promote growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated external financing needs. PRSPs are prepared by governments through a participatory process that involves civil society and development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

PRSPs provide the basis for World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance as well as debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. PRSPs should be country-driven, comprehensive, partnership-oriented, and participatory. A country only needs to write a PRSP every three years; however, changes can be made to the content of a PRSP using an Annual Progress Report. For more information, please refer to the World Bank Povertynet website.

Zambia Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment

The report documents poverty in Zamia along a number of dimensions, including material deprivation, human deprivation, vulnerability, destitution, and social stigmatization. The report identified a number of basic actions to facilitate growth in the rural sector; these include (1) a (revived) system of regular manual maintenance of rural roads; (2) simple systems of animal disease control; animal movement control; health inspection of abattoirs, etc.; (3) a revival and refocus of agriculture extension services and research, with an emphasis on promoting diversity of production and a de-emphasis on the mono-cropping of maize; and (4) a revisiting of the government's approach to the maize sector, including whether there is still a need for Zambia to be self-sufficient in maize, to provide inputs on arbitrarily changing terms, or to ban exports.

For more information, please refer to the Zambia Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment.

Zambia Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) - Sixth National Development Plan, 2011 - 2015

The Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP,) which covers the period 2011 – 2015, charts an ambitious path to transform the lives of Zambians. This Plan is the successor to the Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP), 2006 – 2010, the first in the series of medium-term plans aimed at making Zambia “a prosperous middle-income country by 2030”.

During the FNDP period, Zambia managed to achieve significant growth averaging 6.1 percent. Despite this achievement, the nation still faced a number of challenges particularlyin the areas of infrastructure, human development and effects of the global financial crisis.

In this regard, the theme of the SNDP is “Sustained economic growth and poverty reduction”. This will be achieved through accelerated infrastructure and human development, enhanced economic growth and diversification,and promotion of rural development.



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