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1 Are Poverty Reduction Strategies Undercutting the Millennium Development Goals? An Empirical Review

By Makiko Harrison, Jeni Klugman and Eric Swanson

Abstract

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which set out a series of targets for improved well-being by 2015 have become a critical element of the international development landscape. Indeed the MDGs are the touchstone of government leaders, international agency heads and international civil society in reflecting the need for accelerated progress in poverty reduction. As highlighted in the recent Human Development Report of the UNDP (2003), the MDGs can be a development manifesto for the ordinary citizens of the world seeking to hold their governments and the wider international community accountable for their achievement. A key vehicle to translate these long-term goals into practice are the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), through which the governments of low-income countries set out national policies and programs needed to accelerate growth, improve service delivery and reduce poverty. 1 Since late 1999 PRSPs have been a pre-requisite to eligibility for concessional assistance from the World Bank and IMF, and most donors have committed to aligning their assistance to PRSPs. About 70 low-income countries are engaged in the PRSP process. PRSPs are based on country-owned development plans an

Year: 2011
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