Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53040
Authors: 
Marshall, Alison
Woodroffe, Jessica
Kjell, Petra
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2001/120
Abstract: 
This paper investigates poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs), launched by the International Monetary Fund/World Bank in 1999 as conditions for debt relief and loans. It queries whether PRSPs really represent a shift away from the controversial structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) of the past. Ostensibly PRSPs have a greater focus on poverty reduction, yet this investigation finds little has changed. Existing PRSPs lack essential components such as land reform and gender awareness, while changes with questionable impacts on poverty, such as liberalization and privatization, are promoted as beneficial. The ‘participation’ of civil society groups in drawing up PRSPs is found to be unsatisfactory, as is ‘ownership’ of PRSPs by governments. This paper stands as a critique of PRSPs and their assumed improvement on SAPs.
Subjects: 
poverty reduction
PRSP
structural adjustment programme
IMF
World Bank
debt relief
JEL: 
O11
O19
F34
H50
I30
ISBN: 
929190063X
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
269.94 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.