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Front Matter

Benedict Clements, Gabriela Inchauste, Nita Thacker, Thomas Dorsey, Shamsuddin Tareq, Emanuele Baldacci, Sanjeev Gupta, and Mark Plant
Published Date:
September 2002
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    “n.a.” means not applicable.

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    Minor discrepancies between constituent figures and totals are due to rounding.

    The term “country,” as used in this paper, does not in all cases refer to a territorial entity that is a state as understood by international law and practice; the term also covers some territorial entities that are not states, but for which statistical data are maintained and provided internationally on a separate and independent basis.


    The September 1999 Annual Meetings resulted in a clear mandate for the International Monetary Fund to integrate the objectives of poverty reduction and growth more fully into its operations for the poorest countries and to base these operations on national poverty reduction strategies prepared by the country with broad participation of key stakeholders. Reflecting this new approach, the IMF established the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) to replace its previous concessional assistance instrument, the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility.

    At the time the PRGF was established, the Executive Board also called for a review after two years of the initial experience with the new facility. This review was to include feedback and input from officials and others engaged in this work in the field as well as analyses by IMF staff. The review was to take place in conjunction with a parallel joint World Bank-IMF review of the initial experience with the overall Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) approach. This paper synthesizes two papers prepared by IMF staff—Review of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility: Issues and Options (February 14. 2002) and Review of the Key Features of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility: Staff Analyses (March 15, 2002)—that focus on PRGF-supported programs and their links to, or relationship with, the broader poverty reduction strategies set out in the PRSPs and Interim PRSPs.

    This paper draws on a broad range of internal and external views gathered during the period from July 2001 to February 2002. These include discussions at various regional forums on the PRSP approach during 2001, in which a majority of PRGF countries participated; meetings held with donor government officials and representatives of civil society organizations, including representatives of the donor governments at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee; and the deliberations at the three main sessions on the PRGF at the recently concluded World Bank—IMF International Conference on Poverty Reduction Strategies (January 2002). In addition, this paper takes into account the expressed views of key officials—in member countries with PRGF arrangements covered by the review—in response to a questionnaire structured around the key features of the PRGF (see Appendix II).

    A number of IMF staff contributed to the reviews on which this paper is based. Within the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), Shamit Chakravarti, Hamid Davoodi, Stefano Fassina, Kevin Fletcher, Eva Jenkner, Hong-Sang Jung, Ali Mansoor, and Erwin Tiongson provided contributions to the paper. Within the Policy Development and Review Department (PDR), contributions were made by Pierre Beynet, Sonia Brunschwig, Andrew Gilmour, Hans Peter Lankes, Lucas Moers, Luzmaria Monasi, Lynge Nielsen, and Laure Redifer. Helen Chin of the External Relations Department (EXR) edited the manuscript and coordinated its production and publication.

    List of Abbreviations


    Civil Society Organization


    Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility


    Government Finance Statistics


    Heavily Indebted Poor Country


    Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper


    Joint Staff Assessment


    Letter of Intent


    Memoranda of Economic and Financial Policies


    Nongovernmental Organization


    Public Expenditure Management


    Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility


    Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper


    Poverty and Social Impact Analysis


    Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes


    Technical Assistance


    Value-Added Tax

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