Niger’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy (PDES) represents its overarching reference framework for the government’s development agenda. It also proposes changes in policy orientation and institutional arrangements to respond to recent developments in Niger and in the subregion. The PDES was developed in an inclusive participatory process. Overall, it provides a comprehensive analysis of development challenges and a plan to achieve accelerated sustainable growth, identifies key risks to the achievements of the objectives as well as mitigating measures.
1. Niger’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy—the Plan for Economic and Social Development (PDES) was approved by the Council of Ministers on August 1, 2012 . It represents Niger’s overarching reference framework for the government’s development agenda. It seeks to operationalize the Niger Renaissance Program launched by the country’s president, incorporating the orientations of the government’s general policy statement. The overarching focus of the PDES is on achieving higher economic growth of around 8 percent over the PDES period (2012-2015) as the
Ministry of Planning, Land Management, and Community Development
POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY PAPER
Economic and Social Development Plan
With this 2012-2015Economic and Social Development Plan (PDES), Niger is truly resuming the exercise of economic planning after several decades during which the planning function was weakened. This choice undoubtedly reflects the government’s desire to reconcile the imperatives of economic and financial planning focused on finding solutions to short-term concerns and the need to
investment was examined, it was apparent that the trend increase in this ratio that had been observed up until the late 1970s came to a halt in the 1980s and may subsequently have given way to a small decrease. A broader measure of real gross investment also increased relative to output up to the end of the 1970s and appears to have declined subsequently.
Previous empirical work had estimated conventional equations explaining producers’ durable equipment (PDE) investment and investment in non-residential structures in terms of the changes in output and the cost of