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1 INSTITUTIONALISING PRSPs: From a document…. ….to development Alison Scott, DFID, UK

2 2 Outline What is institutionalisation? Institutionalising within government Institutionalising external participation Resistance to institutionalisation Possible solutions

3 3 PRSP: the virtuous circle Policy formulation Financing Monitoring Poverty analysis Policy implementation

4 4 Virtuous circles in government PRS

5 5 PRSP circles in wider society

6 6 PRSP: how was it done until now? Example: Civil Society

7 7 Problems Parallel structures within government Duplication, fragmentation Ad hoc, unsustainable activities Dependence on donor finance Ownership limited to small group Limited participation of line ministries

8 8 A better process: Integration with existing structures Coordination Continuity Sustainability Broader ownership

9 9 Four key elements Organisational structures Clear TORs Good information flow Adequate resources

10 10 Institutionalising within government Integrating with existing structures Coordination between structures Decentralisation role of Parliament

11 11 The participatory process Government Citizens Intermediary organisations Parliament Consultation groups

12 12 Institutionalising participation A structure for regular consultations? Build on the working groups? Representation? Regional/local structures Who does what? Information flow (to/from government) Resources

13 13 Government-donor relations Stable coordination mechanisms? Who leads the process? Clarifying roles and responsibilities Information flow (both ways) PRSP alignment

14 14 Information, information Lack of information breeds distrust Information builds partnership Feedback improves performance Reaching different audiences Integrating feedback into policy- making

15 15 Reluctance to change practices Uncertainty about outcomes Capacity/resource constraints Distrust amongst stakeholders Fatigue! Resistance!

16 16 Possible solutions? Better communications More transparency (being open about whats going on) Identifying problems, constraints Focusing on the long-term payoff

17 17 The Payoff Evidence-based policy-making Better results from limited resources Increased social stability Better relations between state and society More external resources

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