Ethiopia: World Bank Kicks-Off Online Consultations On Its New Country Partnership Strategy

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The World Bank is in the process of developing the next Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY13-FY16 for Ethiopia. As part of the CPS preparation process and in order to gain a better understanding of the development context and the needs of the ultimate beneficiaries of World Bank support, the Bank is conducting consultations with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the country and abroad.

The process of gathering input from stakeholders was launched with a client survey conducted in December 2011, and will include a series of meetings with different development partners scheduled to be held in May 2012.

The consultations will be done through face-to-face meetings as well as through an online platform, which will serve as a clearinghouse for the CPS consultation process. The Bank will post input received as well as minutes of the face-to-face meetings. It will also serve as a tool for direct communication with members of the Bank's CPS Ethiopia Team.

The basis for discussion during the consultations will be documents and power point presentations outlining the proposed Bank interventions in Ethiopia. In order to better guide the discussions and help identify priority areas of assistance, a series of questions will be provided.

The CPS document will be presented to the Bank's Board of Directors in September 2012, so it is important that the Bank's Ethiopia team receive inputs by May 28, 2012.