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4.8.7 Side-effects

Influence on PRS

The PRS is embedded in a variety of national and international policies and influenced by different stakeholders. These influences can have a positive or negative impact on the PRS. The case studies form Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh show that in some cases the PRS competes with other national policies. These countries handled this issue differently: Vietnam integrated its PRS into its national development strategy, whereas Cambodia did it the other way round and integrated the national strategy into the PRS. In Bangladesh, by contrast, different strategies still exist parallel to each other and the PRS does not play a central role. The existence of other policies has an impact on the role of the PRS. Civil society organisations that want to get involved in PRS should try to evaluate the importance of PRS before spending considerable energy on a document and a process which does not play a central role.  

Most countries engaging in their own PRS are under considerable pressure because they need to access debt relief as soon as possible. This often causes them to rush the PRS formulation process. Considerable time pressure can also makes the process fairly non-transparent, and civil society organisations may struggle to find an entry point enabling them to influence the PRS

Positive side-effects

Apart from the PRSP itself, all persons concerned noticed the positive side-effects of this work: awareness-raising of donors and within the governments, strengthening of internal and external legitimacy, and capacity development. Furthermore, the PRSP offers an opportunity for data collection (as was the case in Honduras and Tanzania) that can prove useful in other situations as well. Therefore, the work on PRS processes significantly contributes to the improvement of national disability issues.

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