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Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper

Prepared by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
December 13, 2000

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


1. Poverty in Mauritania: An assessment

    1.1 The profile of poverty in Mauritania
    1.2 The determinants of poverty
    1.3 Other obstacles to poverty reduction

2. A Strategic Vision of Mauritania to the Year 2015

    2.1 An integrated vision
    2.2 The major themes of the strategy
    2.3 Objectives of the strategy, priorities, and implementation
    2.4 The role of the State, the private sector, and civil society
    2.5 Risks of the strategy

3. Accelerated and Redistributive Growth

    3.1 Stimulating private sector development
    3.2 A stabilized macroeconomic framework

4. Growth Anchored in the Economic Environment of the Poor

    4.1 An integrated rural development policy
    4.2 Integrated urban development
    4.3 Support for small enterprises, job promotion, and integration
    4.4 Protection and safety nets

5. Developing human resources and ensuring universal access to basic infrastructure and services

    5.1 Education
    5.2 Health
    5.3 Nutrition
    5.4 Safe drinking water
    5.5 The policy of universal access to basic services

6. Strengthening institutional capacities and governance

    6.1 Consolidation of the Rule of Law
    6.2 Strengthening of civil service capabilities
    6.3 Decentralization
    6.4 Effective and transparent management of public property
    6.5 Participatory approach and strengthening of civil society

7. Monitoring and evaluation of the strategy


    Annex 1: Poverty Reduction Target Figures
    Annex 2: Matrix of Measurements
    Annex 3: Program of Priority Actions and Additional Costs
    Annex 4: Financing the PRSP, 2001-2004
    Annex 5: Medium-term Macroeconomic Framework
    Annex 6: Main Macroeconomic and Structural Reforms
    Annex 7: Updating of the PRSP
    Annex 8: Comparative Tables of Health Indicators
    Annex 9: Principal Stages of the Participatory Process