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The Gambia
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper

April 2002

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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List of Acronyms
  Executive Summary
  Background to the PRSP
  Chapter 2: The First Strategy for Poverty Alleviation
(SPA 1)
  2.1 Origins and Implementation
  2.2 Co-ordination and Monitoring of SPA 1
  2.3 Implementation Strategy of SPA 1
  2.4 Achievements and Shortcomings of SPA 1
  2.5 The Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
  Chapter 3: Poverty in The Gambia
  3.1 Definition and Understanding of Poverty in The Gambia
  3.2 Income Poverty in The Gambia
  3.3 Economic Activity
  3.4 Gender Dimensions of Poverty
  3.5 Health
  3.6 Education
  3.7 Environmental Issues
  3.8 The Views of the Poor: what the Participatory Poverty Assessments say
  3.9 Causes of Poverty—some issues for consideration
  Chapter 4: The Macro-Environment for Economic
Growth and Poverty Reduction
  4.1 Macro-Economic Growth and Stabilization Record
  4.2 Macro-Economic Framework for 2003–2005
  4.3 Macro-Economic Growth Strategy
  Chapter 5: The Participatory Framework of SPA II
  5.1 Participation in Development Planning
  5.2 Participation in the Design of SPA II
  5.3 The Strategy Planning Process
  5.4 Analysis of SPP Game Results
  5.5 Institutionalizing Participation
  Chapter 6: The Strategy for Poverty Alleviation II—
Policy Framework
  6.1 The Goal of SPA II
  6.2 Objectives of SPA II
  6.3 SPA II Outcomes
  6.4 The Policy Process of SPA II
  6.5 Institutional Roles and Responsibilities in Planning and Budgeting
Chapter 7: SPA II Priority Actions for 2002–2004
  7.1 Social Sector Priority Programs
  7.2 Improved Infrastructure for Economic Empowerment and Private Sector Development
  7.3 Agreement and Re-allocations to a Poverty Reduction Trust Fund
  7.4 Enhanced Participation of CSOs
  7.5 Enhanced Implementation and Monitoring of SPA II
  7.6 Cross-cutting Programs
Chapter 8: Cost Estimates and Financing Proposals for SPA II
  8.1 The Resource Envelope
  8.2 Generalities on Costings of Priority Areas
  8.3 Financing Proposal for SPA II Priority Actions
  8.4 Financing Risks and Sustainability
Chapter 9: Monitoring and Evaluation
  9.1 Objectives of Monitoring and Evaluation
  9.2 Monitoring Strategy and Instruments
  9.3 Monitoring Indicators
  9.4 Institutional Framework
  9.5 Reporting Procedures
Chapter 10: Post Scriptum
  10.1 Pending Policy Issues
  10.2 Pending Public Expenditure and Sector Investment Issues
  10.3 Coordination and Monitoring

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