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WB/IMF PRS Progress Reports


Results-based National Development Strategies 2007

As part of the effort to monitor the commitments made under the 2005 Paris declaration the review assesses how far developing countries have come in (i) developing operational development strategies that are unified, prioritized and linked to national budgets, and (ii) in establishing results oriented frameworks based on accessible high quality information and coordinated M&E systems.  The report finds that all 62 countries under review, including fragile states, have made some progress, but more work is needed especially in the area of linking strategy and budgets, prioritization and the development and use of country level M&E systems. Given the substantial differences that remain between the progress achieved at the time and the 2010 targets set out in the Paris declaration, the review is cautious about the prospects for PRSP countries to reach their targets on time.

Balancing Accountabilities and Scaling up Results 2005

This review finds that the principles underpinning the PRS approach has provided a useful framework for translating mutual accountability between governments and donors into concrete terms, and in achieving improved development results. Progress was stated in many countries in terms of an increased focus on  setting clear goals and targets that are linked to public actions, improving budget and monitoring systems, opening the space for discussing national priorities and policies for poverty reduction and growth, filling country specific analytical gaps; and aligning and harmonizing donor assistance with national priorities. PRSs have also encouraged a focus on mutual accountability, i.e. governments being accountable for the development assistance they receive and donors improving the quality of their assistance to align with national priorities rather than their own, and scaling up aid. However, overall progress across countries remains limited. The PRS review identifies five main themes on which to focus country and donor efforts in the future: Strengthening the medium term orientation and goal setting of the PRS; utilizing the PRS as a mutual accountability framework, enhancing PRS/budget links, strengthening participation and tailoring the approach to fragile states.

Progress in Implementation, 2004

The main findings of this progress report are twofold. First, countries have made good progress in addressing the more straightforward challenges inherent in the approach. And second, the challenges that remain are technically complex and institutionally challenging. This latter point was made in last year’s implementation progress report and reinforced by the findings from the recent evaluations by the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) and the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department (OED). The issues are not new, but they have been thrown into sharp relief as the PRS process has been implemented in a range of countries. Success of the PRS initiative will require steady progress in these areas precisely because that is what is needed for development to succeed.

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - Progress in Implementation (9/20/04): English

Progress in Implementation, 2003

The 2003 PRSP Progress Report, prepared jointly by the staffs of the World Bank and IMF, considers the extent to which the lessons from early PRSP country experience have been taken on board, as well as the new challenges that have emerged during implementation. It also reviews what might be done, in particular by the IMF and World Bank, to ensure that identified constraints and obstacles are addressed in future.

  • Cover note (09/15/03): English
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - Progress in Implementation (09/05/03):
    English | French | Spanish
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers-Detailed Analysis of Progress in Implementation (09/15/03): English

Key Policy Papers in 2002 Comprehensive Review of PRSPs

On March 8, 2002 and on March 12 respectively, the Executive Boards of the IMF and World Bank discussed the review of the PRSP approach, which focused on countries' experiences in designing, implementing, and monitoring their PRSPs.

  • Review of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Approach: Main Findings: English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Review of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Approach: Early Experiences with Interim PRSPs and Full PRSPs: English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Good Practices for PRSP Design and Implementation: A Summary for Practitioners: English

Earlier Progress Reports

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - Progress in Implementation (09/13/02):
    English | French | Spanish
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - Progress in Implementation (09/14/01):
    English | French | Spanish
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - Progress in Implementation (04/18/01):
    English | French | Spanish

Key Policy Papers

Policy papers provide the framework for countries as they develop their Poverty Reduction Strategy papers:

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