Abstract

The need for further capacity building to develop and assess macroeconomic frameworks, analyze the dimensions and profile of poverty, and conduct poverty and social impact analysis has been noted by a wide array of internal and external commentators. This capacity building is required for governments, academics, and CSOs in PRGF countries and is seen as a key element in building greater ownership for program design and policy choices. Consistent with this perception, many people from these groups called for greater assistance by donors, the World Bank, and the IMF in helping to develop this capacity. Among the options for the IMF are continuing and strengthening macroeconomic training for civil society officials and expanding that training to CSOs in countries with PRGF-supported programs. Finally, there is scope for additional internal training of IMF staff to assist them in broadening their own capacity to incorporate poverty and social impact analysis into PRGF-supported programs.