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International Monetary Fund
This Joint Staff Advisory Note focuses on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for Albania. The note analyzes the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI) program, which represents a significant improvement in process over the previous PRSP. The note discusses that the main strengths of the current process are strong government ownership; a broader participatory process that lays the foundation for greater civil society participation in public policy making; an improved poverty diagnosis; and ambitious plans for monitoring the overall effectiveness of Albania’s public expenditures.
International Monetary Fund
This annual progress report reviews the joint staff advisory note on Burkina Faso’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). IMF staff highlights the importance of increasing public revenue mobilization and strengthening expenditure management and efficiency, and securing financing in the form of grants, which would create space for an increase in pro-poor spending. Increasing spending on basic services and enhancing the management and efficiency of public expenditure in health and education, and continued progress on decentralization are critical to achieve the PRS public service delivery targets.
International Monetary Fund
The MKUKUTA Annual Implementation Report (MAIR) is one of the outputs of the Tanzanian government’s monitoring system. The objective of this report is to contribute to all government reporting systems, which include output reporting by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Local Government Authority, and non-state actors implementing MKUKUTA activities. It is based on analysis of progress at the goal level, and provides an overview of performance, challenges, lessons learned, and next steps within each MKUKUTA cluster. It also includes progress on other processes and reforms and how these have contributed to achievements of MKUKUTA outcomes.
International Monetary Fund
Niger’s Fourth Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility and Request for Waiver and Modification of Performance Criteria are examined. Economic growth in 2006 has been satisfactory at 4.8 percent, owing to a good harvest for the second year in a row, and strong mining, telecommunications, and construction activities. Inflation has been low, and food security improved, partly because of continued donor support. The fiscal deficit in 2006 has been smaller than programmed because of underspending and exceptional mining receipts.
International Monetary Fund
This paper presents key findings of the Annual Progress Report (APR) on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for Guinea. Conditions for implementing the Poverty Reduction Strategy were particularly difficult in 2004, and were marked by: persistent insecurity in the subregion; low levels of investment in priority sectors; and falling prices for mining output, in particular for bauxite, the country's main export. The outcomes achieved during fiscal year 2004 are a reflection of this constraining environment. Under the circumstances, no progress was made in reconciling the central government budget with the PRSP objectives.
International Monetary Fund
This Second Progress Report on Tajikistan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) discusses key developments in the status and dynamics of poverty-related indicators in the country during 2004. Although economic growth has generated significant reductions in poverty rates in the past years, the report concludes that people’s livelihoods have not changed drastically. Income poverty remains high. People’s access to energy, water, communications, education, and health services remains highly problematic. This report also reviews the government’s macroeconomic management performance and discusses institutional shortfalls affecting the poverty reduction effort.
International Monetary Fund

Abstract

The speeches made by officials attending the IMF–World Bank Annual Meetings are published in this volume, along with the press communiqués issued by the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee at the conclusion of the meetings.

International Monetary Fund
This paper on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) on the Kyrgyz Republic explains macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing. Partnerships developed by the Kyrgyz Republic with all representatives of the donor community became an important factor in raising the level of coordination and effectiveness of foreign aid. Promotion and further development of the potential of government and nongovernment organizations and local communities on the joint development and implementation of the development programs remain an important task.
International Monetary Fund
This paper summarizes the Joint Staff Assessment (JSA) on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) of Tanzania. It analyzes the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Progress Report, and confirms that Tanzania continues to make significant progress both in terms of implementation of the country's Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and in refining the strategy. Based on this PRSP Progress Report, the staffs of the World Bank and the IMF consider that Tanzania's poverty reduction strategy remains a sound basis for Bank and IMF concessional assistance.