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Report of the International Conference on Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa

13. Resolutions
The following were the resolutions from the conference:

  1. Although Poverty Reduction Strategies represent an important opportunity to reduce poverty in Africa, they are basically externally driven initiatives, coming with conditionalities imposed by the IMF and World Bank. African governments should develop indigenous programmes to deal with poverty reduction issues, and compare these programmes with those that are externally developed so as to have in place poverty reduction programmes that are most suited to their peculiar situations.

  2. Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers should be considered to be dynamic and flexible policy instruments, which need to be periodically monitored and adjusted in the light of a changing policy environment.

  3. For the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers to succeed in meaningfully reducing poverty levels, it is absolutely necessary that political will at the highest level be mobilized in favor of the anti-poverty strategies, such as the fight against corruption.

  4. There should be full involvement of parliamentarians throughout the PRSP process, from its launch to approval/endorsement stage in order to ensure full monitoring of the process.

  5. There is need for capacity building of all key stakeholders (Members of Parliament, Civil Society Organizations and the ordinary people) in order to make the PRSP process truly participatory.

  6. Members of Parliament need to be provided with full knowledge and skills of the PRSP in order to help them better understand and appreciate the PRSP process and its implications.

  7. The Ugandan and Tanzanian experiences in respect of the PRSP process were recognized as examples of best practices in the implementation of the PRSP process and it was felt that countries that are still formulating their implementation strategies could draw useful lessons Uganda and Tanzania.

  8. Governments need to work harmoniously with Civil Society Organizations in the successful implementation of the PRSP process. Civil Society Organizations should participate and be involved at all levels of the PRSP process from launch to approval stage.

  9. There should be full participation of the media in the PRSP process in order to facilitate dissemination of information and the exposure of good and bad practices.

  10. For the PRSP process to meet its poverty reduction targets, it was imperative that effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are developed and operationalised. The Civil Society Organization and the people at the community level should be involved and participate in the monitoring and evaluation process.

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