In the 1990s the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were charged by the international community with supporting development and improving the world’s economy, in particular in relation to developing countries.
In 1999, the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) was introduced. Linked with debt relief and other aid, PRSPs are plans drawn up by poor country governments to focus their own resources and development aid. Civil society in each country contributes to drawing up and carrying out the plan.
This report reviews the mixed experience so far, with many examples from around the world and three country studies from Uganda, Lesotho and Ethiopia.