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Box 5: C A S PreDaration: A Consultative Process Consultative actions led in 2002-3:

Mopti Retreat, May 31- June 4, 2002. Over sixty participants- representing the State, collectivities, civil society, private sector, and donors - brainstormed on CAS possibilities, basing their reflections on the PRSP, the MDGs, and field visits to Bank-financedprojects.

Rural DevelopmentStrategy Discussions, October 29-31, 2002. Bank staff, primarily from the RD sector, held internal discussions for two days, then invited counterpartsto join them in a discussion o f the Bank’s work, past &

future, to support rural development inMali. Clieni Survey Feedback Workshop, November 5, 2002.

Over forty-five participants (representing the State,

collectivities, civil society, private sector, and donors) provided pragmatic suggestions to improving the Bank’s service delivery and enhancingits programmingduring the next CAS period.

Country Portfolio Performance Review, January 7-10,2003. Led by the Minister of Economy and Finance, and after months of preparation, more than one hundredparticipantsrepresenting the State, collectivities, civil society, private sector, and donors reviewed the Bank’s portfolio for the first time since 1995 and proposed concrete immediateand medium-termactions to improveits quality and performance.

Regional consultations in SPgou, Mopti, and Timbuktu, February 15, 22, and 24, 2003. Bringing together local development actors and representativesfrom key centralstructures, the sessions focused on pinpointing blockages to the decentralizationand deconcentrationprocess, and the implications for Bank operations inMali.

Bamako Consultation,March 20, 2003. This workshop allowed over seventy participantsto debate the contents of the CAS before it was finalized.

Gender Focus, At all stages o f the consultative process, women were actively consulted and involved and gender-sensitive issues were frequently raisedduring the discussions.

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The overall direction o f the CAS i s to move away from structural adjustment

operations and stand-alone investment operations inthe social sectors and to move towards multi-sectoral, budget support operations inthose areas. At the same time, the Bank will continue to focus i t s strengths in supporting rural development and promoting sources o f growth. While it i s active inurban and transport activities, it i s important to emphasize that the Bank i s not the lead donor inthese sectors but rather provides complementary financing

to that o f other donors.

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Bank LendingInstruments. The Bank’s support to M a l i will continue to be through

a selection o f lending instruments, combining support from structural adjustment or PRSC lendingwith community-driven operations and specific investmentoperations:

a) support through Structural Adjustment Credits (SAC), moving to Poverty Reduction Support Credits (PRSC) inthe third year o f the CAS implementation. The Bank’s positive experience with structural adjustment inM a l i has shown that policy-based lendingi s an effective mechanism o f support. Future support will continue to focus on macroeconomic issues, public sector management (including decentralization) and reforms inthe cotton sector. As the overall fiduciary framework i s strengthenedand donor coordination enhanced, the Bank would move to further programmatic support to the PRSP through PRSC lending in FY06 (inthe highcase, the PRSCs could be introduced inFY05). The core diagnostic work for programmatic lending- such as the CFAA, CPAR, CEM, Poverty Assessment and PER - will all be inplace by the time the PRSCs are

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