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Cote d'Ivoire Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF)

September 1, 2011

Background on the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF)

Eliminating poverty, reducing inequity, and improving opportunity for people in low- and middle-income countries are the World Bank Group's central objectives. The Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF) is an approach by which countries can achieve these objectives. It emphasizes the interdependence of all elements of development—social, structural, human, governance, environmental, economic, and financial.

The CDF advocates:

  • A holistic long-term strategy
  • The country in the lead, both "owning" and directing the development agenda, with the Bank and other partners each defining their support in their respective business plans
  • Stronger partnerships among governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, and other development stakeholders in implementing the country strategy
  • A transparent focus on development outcomes to ensure better practical success in reducing poverty.

The CDF is the foundation for the new partnership between developed and developing countries to achieve improvements in sustainable growth and poverty reduction that will help countries achieve the MDGs (see The Monterrey Consensus, 2002, PDF).  The CDF approach, operationalized through PRSPs in low-income countries, provides the common foundation for implementing this new partnership at the country level. 

Côte D'Ivoire and the CDF

Côte d’Ivoire was one of several Africa countries to take part in a pilot of the CDF for a period of twelve months. 

The country's 2002 interim PRSP (I-PRSP) incorporates elements of the CDF principles such as the strong involvement of civil society and other major stakeholders in the preparatory process which enhances country ownership.  In addition, there is a strong focus on development results. The I-PRSP aims to reduce the poverty rate from 33.6 percent in l998 to 30 percent in 2005, which is a shorter vision and less ambitious than the international development community’s goal of halving poverty by 2015.  For more information, refer to the Côte d’Ivoire I-PRSP (PDF).