The IMF's Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF)

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP)

News Brief: IMF Executive Board Completes Reviews of Poverty Reduction Efforts in Poor Countries
March 15, 2002

Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Reviews the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF)
March 15, 2002

Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Reviews the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Approach
March 15, 2002

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs)
Progress in Implementation

Prepared by the Staffs of the IMF and World Bank

September 11, 2002

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List of Acronyms

I. Introduction

II. Present Status and Recent Experience

    A. Interim PRSPs
    B. PRSP Preparation Status Reports
    C. Full PRSPs
    D. Annual PRSP Progress Reports

III. Addressing Issues in Implementation

    A. Institutionalizing Stakeholder Participation and the Role of Parliaments
    B. Macroeconomic Choices and Pro-Poor Growth
    C. Poverty and Social Impact Analysis
    D. Public Expenditure Management (PEM)
    E. Monitoring and Evaluation
    F. Donor Alignment and Collaboration under the PRSP
    G. Harmonization and Donor Coordination Efforts

IV. Learning, Building Capacity, and Outreach

    A. Learning and Capacity Building
    B. Outreach Activities

V. Conclusion


  1. PRSP-related documents Discussed by Bank and Fund Boards
  2. Timing of Full PRSP Completion and PRGF Board Consideration


  1. Main Messages from the Joint Staff Review of the PRSP Approach
  2. Good Governance and PRSP Implementation
  3. Vietnam: Localizing the Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (CPRGS)
  4. Selected Capacity Building Activities with Parliaments on PRSPs
  5. Alternative Macroeconomic Scenarios in Practice; Niger's PRSP
  6. Public Expenditure Reviews Supporting PRSP Process and Country Ownership: Zambia
  7. General Data Dissemination System (GDDS)
  8. Poverty Monitoring in Tanzania: An Example of Good Practice
  9. Views from Clients on Alignment
  10. Alignment of IDA's Program to Support CPRGS Implementation in Vietnam
  11. Local Ownership and Monitoring of Donor Performance in Tanzania
  12. Poverty Reduction Strategy Trust Fund
  13. Africa Regional Technical Assistance Centers (AFRITACS)


  1. Guidelines for Joint Staff Assessments of PRSP Annual Progress Reports on Implementation
  2. IMF and World Bank Outreach Events

Annex Table

  1. Possible Country Timelines for I-PRSPs, PRSPs, CASs, PRGFs, and HIPC Decision & Completion points