Human Rights, Poverty Reduction Strategies, and the Role of the International Monetary Fund1
This chapter describes the theme of hard choices and trade-offs. It specifically provides some observations informed by the ongoing effort to define the international community's role in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in low-income countries. It is noted that the international community is confronting the low-income countries engaged in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) process with a myriad of imperatives, demands, constraints, and guidelines on both process and content. In addition, it is stated that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) guidelines will serve low-income countries and their partners well by assuring that human rights considerations underpin all their work together. The value of the human rights approach for a research in low-income countries and the high quality of the work that went into crafting the guidelines make it all the more clear that the international community needs to find a mechanism for making sure that countries can make efficient use of the human rights approach.
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