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Mainstreaming National Action Programmes into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Process

by Carmen Tedesco last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
Contributors: Leonard Berry, André Bassolé, Jones Ruhombe, Jennifer Olson, Lakhdar Boukerrou

Two different but parallel and sometimes overlapping processes have characterized the assessment of poverty and land degradation in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid regions; the National Action Programme (NAP) under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the poverty reduction strategies that in many countries culminate in the World Bank geared Poverty Reduction Strategies and Strategy Papers (PRSP). These two processes are most effective in dealing with resource and poverty issues, if they are mainstreamed one with the other. The mainstreaming of the NAP into the PRSP will have a welcomed integrating impact on sectoral strategies, will upscale the UNCCD advocated approaches and allow stronger focus on the environment/poverty nexus. The results of mainstreaming can materialize in the sharper development of pro-poor investments in most affected rural areas. These investments will provide environmental sustainability and improvement in economic well being. Some countries have already embarked on this mainstreaming. This paper details the needs, processes and benefits of mainstreaming in addressing poverty and extreme poverty in the affected countries. Recommendations suggest how this integration can be achieved and outline the needed steps for all parties including, the NAP focal points, the PRSP process, the Agencies, the Affected Countries and the Developed Countries, both individually and in the partnerships which need to be developed to deal with poverty reduction in environmentally degraded areas. (INCI)

Author(s): Leonard Berry , André Bassolé , Jones Ruhombe , Jennifer Olson , Lakhdar Boukerrou

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