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Key Readings


Selecting Indicators and Setting Targets

Prennushi, G., G. Rubio, and K. Subbarao. 2000. "Monitoring and Evaluation." In Sourcebook for Poverty Reduction Strategies. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. Available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish. (website)

Luc Christiaensen, Christopher Scott, and Quentin Wodon. 2000.  "Development Targets and Costs." In Sourcebook for Poverty Reduction Strategies. Washington, D.C.: World Bank. Available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish. (website)

"Good Practice in the Development of PRSP Indicators and Monitoring Systems," by D. Booth and H. Lucas, ODI Working Paper 172, 2002 (221Kb PDF)

“Analysis of the PRSP indicators” by Alain Brilleau (DIAL), prepared for a regional PARIS21 meeting, both a summary in English and the full document in French

Poverty Monitoring Systems

"Beyond the Numbers: Understanding the Institutions for Monitoring Poverty Reduction Strategies," by Tara Bedi, Aline Coudouel, Marcus Cox, Markus Goldstein and Nigel Thornton. Also available in French and Spanish.

"Good Practice in the Development of PRSP Indicators and Monitoring Systems," by D. Booth and H. Lucas, ODI Working Paper 172, 2002 (221Kb PDF)

"PRS Monitoring: Issues from Consultants’ Experience," ODI’s Background Paper for DFID Africa Regional Workshop on PRS Monitoring - 

"How will we know Millenium Development Results when we see them? Building a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System to Give us the Answer," by Jody Zall Kusek, Ray C. Rist and Elizabeth M. White, Africa Region Working Paper Series No. 66 (2.38Mb PDF)

The PRSP Monitoring and Synthesis Project presents information on PRSP countries. In particular:

GTZ's National Monitoring of Sustainable Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers/PRSPs investigates, on the basis of five country studies, how monitoring systems are constructed in practice, how effective they are, and how donors can use the information they provide for shaping their programmes.

See Country Documents for national monitoring plans and country specific diagnostics.

See selected training events and associated presentations for lessons and country examples:

For more training material, see WBI’s Poverty Analysis Initiative.

Statistical Systems


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