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.
- Ownership of the process needs to be built up gradually over time.
- Participatory processes need to be sustained beyond the completion of the strategy.
- PRSs in LICUS should focus more on governance reforms and the institutional requirements for poverty reduction.
- Despite the difficult environment, the DPs should press forward with harmonisation and alignment around the PRS.
Areas of Expertise:
- Aid effectiveness
- Aid architecture
Conflict and fragility
- Conflict assessment and reduction
- Disaster preparedness
- State and institution building