|ADB-DFID-JAPAN-WB JOINT COUNTRY STRATEGY|
Common Approach and Coordinated
Support for Bangladeshfs PRSP
|The Asian Development
Bank, the Department for International Development of UK, the
Government of Japan, and the World Bank are each in the
process of preparing a new country strategy for Bangladesh, based on the
Governmentfs PRSP. Following the commitments made at the Paris High-Level
Forum on Aid Effectiveness in February 28-March 2, 2005 by a number of
developing country governments including the Government of Bangladesh and
our respective institutions and countries, the four development partners
have agreed to harmonise our approach through a joint country
The four partners consulted with the Finance Minister,
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary, ERD and other senior
government officials to seek their views about the joint approach. The
Finance Minister welcomed the harmonisation initiative and the senior
officials provided broad directions for our joint support for the
The purpose of a common approach is to maximise the
impact of our support for poverty reduction by increasing the alignment of
aid with Bangladeshfs priorities and procedures. We will also strive to
eliminate duplication of efforts and rationalize our activities. These
measures, it is hoped, will help increase aid efficiency and
effectiveness, and reduce transaction costs for the government. The joint
strategy is also intended to improve the effectiveness of aid programs at
the sector level and enhance the coherence of our policy dialogue on
The draft PRSP has guided the partnersf deliberations.
The PRSPfs gmatrixh of development outcomes is the basis for prioritizing
the development outcomes we plan to support in the period ahead. Pillars
of the joint strategy are: (i) gImproving the Investment Climate for
Growth and Employment,h (ii) gEmpowering the Poor,h and (iii)
gGovernance,h a core cross-cutting issue, is the foundation for
Given institutional requirements, there will not be a
single strategy document for all four partners. Instead, their respective
strategies would be based on shared analyses and outcomes. The common
strategic core will be a single goutcome matrixh, based on development
outcomes drawn from the PRSP; this matrix links each development outcome
with the specific projects, TA, and other interventions through which we
will support them.
The four partners are exploring ways for more efficient joint work. These will include further opportunities for co-funding in some areas, while greater specialization among partners, reflecting our different comparative advantages, should be possible in others. There will also be benefits from working together at the sector level.
The four partners intend the process of developing a common approach to be an open and transparent one, and they will regularly consult with the Government and other development partners. We would welcome the views of others on this initiative..
The consultations on the joint Country Strategy with various stakeholders, including the Government, private sector, NGOs and civil society, academics and media, will be held in Dhaka beginning July 14, 2005. We hope for an open dialogue and welcome stakeholder input as a basis for further strengthening our approach.