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Tajikistan – Joint IDA-IMF staff advisory note and the poverty reduction strategy for 2010-2012

The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in February 2010 formally approved its Third Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS 3) for 2010-2012. Building on the first PRS for 2002-05 and the second PRS for 2007-09, the PRS 3 operationalizes the country’s long-term development vision laid out in the National Development Strategy (NDS) for 2006-2015.

The overarching PRS 3 objective is to promote sustainable strong economic growth and improvements in the living standards of the population, especially of vulnerable groups. The PRS 3 is organized around three blocks:


(a) a functional block, covering public administration reform, macroeconomics, investment climate, private sector, regional cooperation and global economic integration;


(b) a production block, covering food security, agriculture, infrastructure, energy and industry;

(c) a social block, covering health, education, water and sanitation, housing, and social welfare.


The PRS 3 also recognizes several cross-sectoral issues, including institutional reforms, demographic change, environmental management, and gender equality.

The PRS 3 addresses the key recommendations of the Joint Staff Advisory Note of the second PRS, dated November 6, 2007:

  1. First, it describes the measures being taken to accelerate structural reforms, including securing property rights and enhancing the business environment.
  2. Second, it discusses actions to improve governance and public sector management, especially through reform of the public administration and pay system, although it would benefit from a more detailed discussion of the steps being taken to reduce corruption.
  3. Third, the PRS 3 presents a process for costing and prioritizing programs, although more work is required to identify funding for PRS 3 priorities.
  4. Finally, it presents a strategy to strengthen poverty analysis and monitoring.