Civil society responses to poverty reduction strategies in Nicaragua

Bradshaw, Sarah and Linneker, Brian (2003) Civil society responses to poverty reduction strategies in Nicaragua. Progress in Development Studies, 3 (2). pp. 146-157. ISSN 1464-9934

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/1464993403ps058ra

Abstract

Article based on a presentation by Bradshaw as an invited speaker at the conference ‘Poverty in a Globalising World: Debating theory and practice' hosted by the Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society. This paper considers the recent experience of civil society organizations in Nicaragua within the Poverty Reduction Strategies Papers (PRSP) process. The focus of the paper is not the poverty reduction strategy itself but rather civil society responses to this initiative in Nicaragua. It highlights the problems beginning to emerge within this process in relation to the World Bank-IMF, the national government and organized civil society. Fundamental to the conceptualization and design of PRSP is the idea of ‘national ownership’ facilitated by wide consultation and participation of civil society in the formulation and evaluation of individual country strategies. This paper uses Nicaragua’s PRSP process to examine the extent to which organized civil society can really influence PRSP formulation. It highlights the differences that exist in how poverty is defined and discussed by the key actors and examines civil society’s response to government proposals and the strategies they have adopted to promote an ‘alternative’ people-centred development perspective.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):CCER;Civil Society; government; HIPC initiative; IMF; Nicaragua; Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP); World Bank
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Law > Law and Politics
ID Code:354
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