9. Implementing the PRSP
We have seen the many programmes that have been identified as part of PRSP. All of them cost money, and some of them cost a lot of money. Programmes that will have the greatest and most cost-effective impact on poverty reduction have been chosen.
The PRSP is largely dependent on donor funds. When these funds produce the planned economic growth and poverty reduction, Zambia will be less dependent on donors. PRSP accepts this temporary dependence as a means to achieve sustainable growth. Donor funds will be complemented by funds from the private sectors, civil society and any other local sources.
PRSP is not a big project with its own implementation structures. It is a national strategy. It gives direction to Government and other programmes, and fund many existing programmes. The actual activities will be run through appropriate ministries or through partnerships with NGOs or the private sector.
PRSP is clearly focussed on poverty reduction, through economic growth and social investment. This means that PRSP wants to see fewer poor households, more children in school, lower levels of TB, more people in employment, more safe water for more households and other goals outlined in this booklet. Monitoring will track progress towards these goals.
As we move to the second PRSP, the monitoring information will be used to select activities that have a clear impact on the poor, and to leave out ineffective activities.
Civil Society & PRSP Implementation
NGOs, Churches and other civil society organisations came together to form “Civil Society for Poverty Reduction” to participate in the PRSP process.
Now that the PRSP has been approved, the next job for CSPR is to monitor implementation. CSPR will be constantly checking if PRSP is really reducing poverty. If there are problems in implementation, CSPR will be there to demand the necessary changes. In this way, we will ensure that the lives of the poor are changed for good.