The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper presents the Joint Staff Assessment of Tanzania's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Progress Report. Despite a drought, real economic growth is estimated to have been about 5 percent, sound macroeconomic management was maintained, and notable progress was made in the areas of education and financial sector reform, among others. The report illustrates a number of emerging weaknesses in the Poverty Reduction Strategy process, pointing to areas for attention in the main update. Foremost among them are the need to link the technical-level reviews with a more policy-based debate on sector strategies.