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PRSPs: The International Financial Institutions(TM)s New Anti-Poverty Agenda. A New Start or More of the Same?

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  • Essay length: 5097 words
  • Submitted: 25/11/2008
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PRSPs: The International Financial Institutions's New Anti-Poverty Agenda. A New Start or More of the Same?

Table of Contents

Section Page

Title page

Abstract

Table of contents

Introduction

Definition of key terms

Wider conceptual context

Critical analysis of specific literature

Interpretation of relevant case study material

Conclusions

Bibliography

Appendices

Abstract

The World Bank and International Monetary Funds answer to the previously inept structural adjustment programme was the poverty reduction strategy paper, formulated in 1999. Today, countries are required to formulate their own poverty reduction strategy paper, if they wish to receive financial aid from either of the global financial institutions. Our study is based around the debate as to whether the PRSP process is a new start, or more of the same with 3 overriding themes; the wider conceptual context and how PRSPs fit into the global context, critical analysis of specific PRSP related literature and finally case study material, focusing specifically on Zambia and Ethiopia.

Introduction

Today's globalizing world is one of great controversy, with the rich seemingly getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The concept of

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