Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers – promoted by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – have a huge effect on food prices, taxes, wages and social spending.
Some argue that they should and could play a central role in meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. But are they helping, and are ordinary people being involved?
This briefing does not assume PRSPs are good or bad. Instead it tells journalists why they matter and how they work, and suggests areas to look at and questions to ask.