Disability and Poverty Reduction Strategies: How to Ensure That Access of Persons With Disabilities to Decent and Productive Work is Part of the PRSP Process

Infocus Programme on Skills, Knowledge and Employability/Disability Programme
International Labour Office



[From Introduction] In 1999, the IMF and the World Bank launched the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)approach to poverty reduction in low-income countries in order to ensure that concessional funding through the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) and the World Bank Group’s IDA, as well as debt relief under the HIPC (Highly Indebted Poor Countries) Initiative address poverty reduction more effectively. At present, nearly 70 low income countries are engaged in the formulation of national PRSPs that, once approved by the World Bank and IMF Boards, become the basis of concessional assistance from the two institutions.