Title
The greening of poverty reduction strategy papers : a process approach to sustainability assessment The greening of poverty reduction strategy papers : a process approach to sustainability assessment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Guildford ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Biology
Source (journal)
Impact assessment and project appraisal : journal of the International Association for Impact Assessment. - Guildford
Volume/pages
27(2009) :1 , p. 7-18
ISSN
1461-5517
1471-5465
vabb
c:vabb:275811
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Despite their alleged comprehensiveness and the many linkages between poverty and environment, most poverty reduction strategy papers have until now insufficiently acknowledged the importance of environmental sustainability. To tackle this shortcoming, participative processes were initiated to 'green' PRSPs (meaning the integration of environmental sustainability as a cross-cutting issue). This supposes a process approach to decision-making and implies opening up the policy process to a wide range of societal actors. This approach is conceptualised as a sustainability assessment. A descriptive analysis of the Benin PRSP-greening initiative is presented, based on interviews and on literature research. Subsequently, issues of importance in appreciating the wider impact of PRSP-greening are suggested. Besides the quality improvements of the PRSP, greening contributes to a gradual change in the way decision-making is perceived and contributes to social learning. Furthermore, it is a promising approach that contributes to the institutionalisation of environmental sustainability in Africa.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/a88af2/bc92956.pdf
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