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3.1 Formulation

The process leading to the formulation of a PRSP consists of several steps. The poverty analysis represents the starting point of the PRS process, and is designed to help understand the specific causes and consequences of poverty within the country concerned. The analysis gathers quantitative data (e.g. the number of people living in poverty) as well as qualitative data (e.g. the feelings and individual views of persons affected). The poverty analysis indicates the priority issues and forms the basis for the formulation of the PRSP strategy. This takes the form of several steps, during which the different stakeholders discuss the various drafts of the PRSP until they reach consensus. In this process of formulating the PRSP, it is essential that the government organises participatory events enabling an exchange between all stakeholders. The level of participation can vary from information to consultation or joint decision-making. The approach and methodology of this process are extremely country-specific; no standard models or miracle solutions exist. This usually requires a substantial amount of time: it takes on average 24 months to establish a full PRSP.

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