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Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
Prepared by the Albanian Government
November 2001

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are prepared by member countries in broad consultation with stakeholders and development partners, including the staffs of the World Bank and the IMF. Updated every three years with annual progress reports, they describe the country's macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing. This country document is being made available on the IMF website by agreement with the member country as a service to users of the IMF website.

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Executive Summary
  General Characteristics of GPRS
  Participatory Process
  Profile and Causes of Poverty
  Priority Public Fields and Measures
  GPRS Implementation, Monitoring And Evaluation
I. Introduction
  I.A The Need for strategy on growth and poverty reduction (GRPS) and its relation to the I-PRSP
  I.B Princplies Underlying Preparation and Implementation of the Strategy
  I.B.1 Integration with Long-term Objectives
  I.B.2 Prioritization of Public Actions
  I.B.3 The Dynamic Character of the Strategy
  I.B.4 Albanian "Ownership" and Cooperation with Partners of Country's Development
  I.C Factors Favoring or Obstructing the Implementation of Strategy
  I.C.1 Some of the Factors Favoring the GRPS Implementation
  I.C.2 Some of the Factors Obstructing and Posing Risks to Implementation of the Strategy
II. Summary of Participatory Process
  II.A Participating Actors and their role in GPRS preparation
  II.B Civil Society Participation
  II.B.1 Identification of Civil Society Actors
  II.B.2 The National Civil Society Advisory Group
  II.B.3 The Essence of Civil Society Participatory Process
  II.B.4 Regional Consultations
  II.C Participation of Parliament, Local Government, and Business Community
  II.C.1 Consultations with Parliament
  II.C.2 Consultations with Local Government
  II.C.3 Consultations with Business Community
  II.C.4 Public Information Process
  II.C.5 Donors' Role
III. Poverty Analysis and Policy Assessment
  III.A Poverty General Analysis
  III.A.1 Poverty Profile in Albania - General View
  III.A.2 Access to Economic Resources and the Poverty
  III.A.3 Human Development Dimensions and Poverty
  III.B Assessment of past policies
  III.B.1 Transition Reforms and Living Standard
  III.B.2 More Direct Policies for Poverty Reduction
  III.B.3 General Assessment
IV. Priority Public Measures
  IV.A Introduction
  IV.B Macroeconomic Framework
  IV.C Public Sector Governance and Management
  IV.D Development of Private and Financial Sectors
  IV.D.1 Private Sector Development
  IV.D.2 Financial Sector Development
  IV.E Human Development
  IV.E.1 Health
  IV.E.2 Education
  IV.E.3 Labor Market and Social Protection
  IV.E.4 Strengthening Social Capital
  IV.F Infrastructure and Its Support to Growth
  IV.F.1 Transport
  IV.F.2 Potable Water and Sewage
  IV.F.3 Energy
  IV.F.4 Telecommunications
  IV.G Integrated Rural Development
  IV.G.1 Increase of Production and Incomes from Agriculture, Livestock and Agro-Procesing
  IV.G.2 Protection and Improvement of Use of Other Natural Resources
  IV.G.3 Development of Non-Farm Economy in Rural Areas
  IV.H Urban Development
  IV.I Environment, Growth, and Poverty Reduction
V. Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  V.A Role of Monitoring System
  V.B Institutional Capacities for Monitoring and Evaluation
  V.C Selection of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators

Final Indicators

  V.C.2 Intermediary Indicators
  V.D Monitoring and Evaluation Sources and Instruments
  V.D.1 Sources
  V.D.2 Instruments
  V.E Dissemination And Use of Monitoring and Evaluation Results
VI. Appendix 1: Matrices of Action Plans
VII. Appendix 2: Poverty Tables
VIII. Appendix 3: Macroeconomic Framework 2000–2004
IX. Appendix 4: Participatory Process

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