SUDAN POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY PAPER

Preface The main rationale for preparing the Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Sudan is the need to set a development path for the Government to address and reduce poverty among the Sudanese people in urban and rural communities. Another objective of the PRS is to meet a necessary condition for the decision point that would pave Sudan’s path towards debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. The guiding principles for preparing this strategy is the wide and inclusive consultation approach, which manifested in a series of thematic workshops and community consultations and discussion groups at the center and at the states. The consultations covered issues directly affecting the livelihood of the Sudanese people with the aim of developing a comprehensive understanding of the nature, magnitude, and causes of poverty across Sudan. The consultation workshops covered several topics including, but not limited to, the macroeconomic reform policy, investment in physical and human capital, service delivery, social protection and environment protection. For each topic, participants shared their views on the strategic priority areas so as to address poverty throughout Sudan. The nationwide stakeholder consultations were conducted by an independent consultancy firm across 17 out of the 18 states of Sudan (Gedaref state was not covered due to social and political instability). These consultation workshops included a participatory process within the Government, among Federal ministries and subnational governments. The consultation workshops were well attended by all stakeholders including civil society groups, youth and women associations, ethnic minorities, policy research institutes and academics, private sector, trade unions, and representatives from different regions of the country) and provided valuable insights that were instrumental in the drafting of the PRSP. Donors and development partners also participated in the consultations process. Based on these consultations and discussions during the thematic workshops and in line with the Government three-year program for stability and economic development, five pillars have been identified to shape the poverty reduction strategy for the Sudan. These are: 1. Promoting macroeconomic stability. 2. Fostering inclusive economic growth. 3. Boosting human capital and social development. 4. Promoting peace and providing equal opportunities for all the Sudanese. 5. Strengthening governance and institutional capacity. iii Some cross-cutting themes such as strengthening gender, and other types of social equity and issues related to climate change and environment are integrated within each pillar. The strategy provides an opportunity to have a better understanding of the challenges facing Sudan’s economy, while at the same time achieving key a milestone necessary for Sudan’s re-engagement and re-integration into the international community. The next key objective is to ensure that the strategy is successfully implemented in a context of limited financing and low capacity. The support of Sudan’s donors and development partners are essential to support the Government to achieve the objectives of the PRS. Dr. Amin Salih Yasin, Acting Undersecretary for Economic Planning, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

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