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4.3.5 Constraints

In general the participatory process of the PRSP can be assessed as “broad, but not deep” (Kovach, 2005, p. 3). The CSOs were contacted at different levels (community, regional and national), but their comments were not really taken into account. Participation was interpreted as merely consultation or information exchange, which meant that the civil society could not really influence the content of the PRSP. Handicap International and its partners also faced this problem: most of the suggestions made in the position paper were not considered. The whole PRSP process at that point seemed to have encountered numerous structural problems: the timeline had been changed various times, the process was much more expensive than expected, and cooperation with the IFIs and other donors was sometimes complex.

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