PLA 51: Civil society and poverty reduction

This special issue of Participatory Learning and Action captures the experiences of Southern civil society organisations (CSOs) that are engaging in the monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of poverty reduction strategy (PRS) processes.

Article, 31 March 2005
Participatory Learning and Action
A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

April 2005

Guest editors: Alexandra Hughes and Nicholas Atampugre

In many countries, CSO engagement in this particular stage of these strategies is just beginning. There has been much reflection on engagement by CSOs in the formulation of PRSs, but much less written about how they are being monitored and implemented. With respect to monitoring and evaluation, this issue explores how CSOs are working towards the articulation and realisation of poor people's rights and the accountability of governments and other powerful actors towards them.

Authors for this issue came together at a workshop in July 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss the contributions and to share their experiences in PRS processes.

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Civil society and poverty reduction

Overview: a critical look at civil societies' poverty reduction monitoring and evaluation experiences
Alexandra Hughes and Nicholas Atampugre

PRSP rhetoric: sugar-coated structural adjustment reality?
Atieno Ndomo

What happened to the PRSP in Kenya - the role of politics
Hudson Shiverenje

Bringing the poor into advocacy: a look at Ghana HIPC Watch
Siapha Kamara with Harriet Yeboah

Setting the scene: a introduction to the Ugandan Poverty Eradication Plan
Moses Isooba and Richard Ssewakiryanga

Civil society participation in Uganda's PRS process: opportunities and dilemmas
Moses Isooba

Experiences of Uganda's PPA in implementing and monitoring poverty reduction
Richard Ssewakiryanga

Bottom-up planning? Participatory implementation, monitoring and evaluation of PRS processes in Bolivia
Jordi Beneria Surkin

Zambia's PRSP process: from exclusion to inclusion, confrontation to cooperation?
Besinati P Mpepo and Venkatesh Seshamani

Fighting poverty demands strategic thinking and planning: the Bulgarian experience
Anna Athanassova

PRS processes, participation and statelessness: exploring some dilemmas in Somalia
MS Mohamud Faroole

Participatory poverty research and policy influencing in PRSP processes: the Vietnam case
Hoang Xuan Than

General section

Participatory landscape analysis for community-based livestock management in Vietnam
Jean-Christophe Castella, Tran Trong Hieu and Yann K Eguienta

Working with municipalities to develop urban health systems in Bangladesh 
Dipankar Datta, Michelle Kouletio and Taifur Rahman

Using actor-oriented tools to analyse innovation systems in Bangladesh
Harriet Matsaert, Zahir Ahmed, Noushin Islam and Faruqe Hussain

Scaling up the use of PLA in a pilot health and nutrition programme, India
Amita Jain, Rajiv S. Saxena and Subir K. Pradhan

River management in Bangladesh: a people's initiative to solve water-logging
Ashraf-Ul-Alam Tutu

Tips for trainers - Developing indicators for monitoring poverty reduction strategies
Ghana HIPC Watch, SEND Foundation of West Africa

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