What Have We Learned?

Per-Ulf Nilsson
Seminar on Poverty Reduction Strategies, Stockholm 17 maj 2006 / Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) are today instruments for national development and poverty reduction in most low-income countries. They are also considered to be the most important national framework for development assistance and for reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Their impact on and relevance for the stated objective - to reduce poverty - has frequently been questioned by Civil Society Organisations, as well as by academics.
During their short lifetime the PRSs have gone through a considerable development with a lot of variations between different countries. Today we have gained experience and learnt lessons about these processes.
The seminar aimed at drawing some conclusions, based on general experiences, but also on specific experiences in two countries: Honduras and Zambia.