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Assessment of Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) in Low-Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS)

This study is a rapid assessment of the experience so far of conducting Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) in Low-Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS).  LICUS are countries with chronically weak or unstable institutions, and include many of the world’s most difficult contexts for development assistance.

The study outlined a number of lessons for how to achieve this.

  1. Ownership of the process needs to be built up gradually over time.
  2. Participatory processes need to be sustained beyond the completion of the strategy.
  3. PRSs in LICUS should focus more on governance reforms and the institutional requirements for poverty reduction.
  4. Despite the difficult environment, the DPs should press forward with harmonisation and alignment around the PRS.

Areas of Expertise:

Aid policy

  • Aid effectiveness
  • Aid architecture

Conflict and fragility

  • Conflict assessment and reduction
  • Disaster preparedness
  • State and institution building

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