Haiti: The interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)

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Haiti: The interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)

Post by admin » Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:15 am

Dear All,

An important document - Haiti's interim Poverty Reduction Strategy
Paper - is now available as a pdf at:
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr ... r06411.pdf

I believe that all the NGOs and their partners in Haiti must pay close attention to this document and in particular to the parts about the participatory process leading to a full PRSP. According to the text, this process has already started!!


Haiti: The interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are prepared by member countries in broad consultation with stakeholders and development partners, including the staffs of the World Bank and the IMF. Updated every three years with annual progress reports, they describe the country's macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing. This country document for Haiti dated November 2006, is being made available on the IMF website by agreement with the member country as a service to users of the IMF website.

The interim PRSP is, above all, a draft of the strategic framework for reducing poverty in the medium term, which will be drawn up between September 2006 and July 2007 with the participation of all sectors of Haiti's national life and presented to Parliament in July along with the draft budget for fiscal 2007-2008.

The first part of this document presents a profile of poverty and indicates briefly the stakes and challenges involved, using available quantitative and qualitative data to specify the targeted objectives to be reached.

In the second part, the actions to be taken are first positioned within a macroeconomic framework for which short- and medium-term objectives are specified, together with an outline of sectoral policies. These latter particularly concern government finance, the external sector, and the monetary, financial, and credit policy. They also extend into the realm of structural reforms to be undertaken in order to strengthen institutions, fight corruption, foster private initiative, and ensure the decentralization of government power and the deconcentration of Haiti's central government.

Part three presents the major sectoral priorities of intervention: first, growth favorable to the productive sectors (agriculture, industry, trade, environment, craft industries, transportation, electricity, communications, and tourism). Next comes governance and institutional reforms (justice and rule of law, fiscal transparency, modernization of the management of public affairs, deconcentration and decentralization), followed by development of the social sectors properly speaking (health, HIV/AIDS, education, water, sanitation, and housing). Omission of a sector or subsector from the interim PRSP should not be construed as exclusion or failure to acknowledge its relative importance in the fight against poverty. The explanation arises simply from the need to concentrate over the coming twelve months on those sectors that can be effectively financed, given the time constraints and the availability of human and financial resources. The programs and projects currently in progress as well as all the initiatives likely to improve the living conditions of Haitian communities must be pursued, regardless of whether or not they are included in the interim PRSP.

Part four sets forth the participatory process, identifies the structures and means of implementation, and discusses the strategy to be followed in drawing up the full PRSP.

The full text is at:

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr ... r06411.pdf

Forwarded as a service of the Haiti Support Group - solidarity with the Haitian people's struggle for human rights, participatory democracy and equitable development - since 1992.

Web site: www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org

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