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PRSPs, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – An Issues Paper

8 August 2005

Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) are part of the response to poverty worldwide. Although often among the poorest and most marginalized communities, minorities and indigenous peoples are seldom invited to participate in the formulation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), or the design of poverty alleviation policies, which are thus likely to be inappropriate, or even detrimental to their interests.

This publication uses case studies – including a detailed section on the PRSP process in Kenya by Nyang’ori Ohenjo – to examine the experiences of minorities and indigenous peoples in PRS processes. It also presents strategies for meaningfully supporting these groups’ capacity to participate in and influence these processes.

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Alexandra Hughes