Civil Society Participation in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers
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A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of involving members of civil society, especially the poor, in the design of policies that will affect their lives. This has opened the political space for the participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), assumed to be intermediaries of the poor. However, the participation of CSOs in developing PRSPs hardly goes beyond consultation and very often is not representative of the poor. The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical examination of the participation of civil society in PRSPs. To what extent have different groups within civil society participated in developing PRSPs? Has the input of civil society been taken into account in the content of PRSPs? What are the lessons to be learned from the PRSP participatory process in Bolivia?
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