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The Republic of The Gambia
Interim Strategy For Poverty Alleviation II
Prepared by the Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs
Government of The Gambia
October 05, 2000

Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (I-PRSPs), prepared by member countries, summarize the current knowledge and assessment of a country's poverty situation, describe the existing poverty reduction strategy, identifies gaps in poverty data, diagnotics, and monitoring capacity, and lay out the process for addressing these gaps and producing a fully developed Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in a participatory fashion. 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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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Poverty in The Gambia

    2.1 Statistics on Poverty in The Gambia
    2.1 Causes of Poverty
      2.2.1 Lack of Income Opportunities
      2.2.2 Social and Demographic Factors
      2.2.3 Poor Health Infrastructure
      2.2.4 Poor Educational Infrastructure
    2.3 Characteristics of Poverty in The Gambia
      2.3.1 Poverty affects more than one household out of every two and more than one person out of every two.
      2.3.2 Poverty is unevenly distributed among Regions
      2.3.3 Farming Communities are the hardest hit by poverty.
      2.3.4 Income is unevenly distributed by household and gender
      2.3.5 More than one out of every two children is affected by Poverty.
      2.3.6 Access to Social Services is a discriminating factor between poor and non-poor.
      2.3.7 The poor community has been hardest hit by past Policies
Chapter 3: The Strategy for Poverty Alleviation (SPA I).
    3.1 Genesis of SPA I and the NPAP
    3.2 The four Pillars of SPA I
    3.3 Coordination of SPA I: the role of SPACO
    3.4 Sectoral Poverty Interventions of SPA I
    3.5 Achievements and Shortcomings of SPA I

Chapter 4 : Scope of Action for SPA II.
    4.1 Economic feasibility of SPA II
    4.2 SPA II: Program Areas
      4.2.1 Program Area1: Macroeconomic Growth Strategy
      4.2.2 Program Area 2:Income Generating Activities
      4.2.3 Program Area 3: Redistributive Activities
      4.2.4 Program Area 4: Social Service Delivery
      4.2.5 Program Area 5: Food Security
      4.2.6 Program Area 6: Improving Public Resource Management
      4.2.7 Program Area 7: Creation of a n Accounting framework for Poverty Reduction Interventions.
      4.2.8 Program Area 8: Improving Participation in Local Decision Making
      4.2.9 Program Area 9: Coordination and Monitoring
    4.3 SPA II: Program Delivery and Targeting
    4.4 Aid Coordination, a support policy for SPA II
Chapter 5: Action Plan for SPA II
    5.1 An Excellent History Of Participation And Use Of Participatory Processes
    5.2 Institutional Arrangements For Spa Ii
    5.3 Government Ownership Of Spa Ii
    5.4 The Participatory Process For Interim-Spa Ii
    5.5 Monitoring Concerns Of Spa Ii
      5.5.1 Public Expenditure Control
      5.5.2 Participatory Processes
      5.5.3 Monitoring Of Outcome Indicators

Chapter 6: Risk and Sustainability Analysis
    6.1 Political Risks
    6.2 Economic and Financial Risks
    6.3 Social Risks
    6.4 Sustainability of SPA II
Table 1 Selected Economic and Financial Indicators
Annex I, Policy framework Paper
Annex II, Budget estimate for Interim SPA II Activities.

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