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AIDS, poverty reduction and debt relief : a toolkit for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS programmes into development instruments

For poor countries, where Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) serve as the country’s agenda for poverty reduction, it is crucial for country-level managers to make credible proposals for the inclusion of HIV/AIDS in their poverty reduction efforts. Yet, while several countries have effectively done so, many others have not. This toolkit is addressed primarily to those responsible for getting the HIV/AIDS agenda into the country’s broader development efforts. It is also aimed at officials of agencies such as nongovernmental organizations and the international financial institutions, which work with countries on PRSPs and Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) documents. The document examines issues such as the potential benefits of giving HIV/AIDS a prominent place in PRSPs and HIPC agreements; the contribution of National AIDS Programmes to poverty reduction; and the essential HIV/AIDS contents in the PRSP and HIPC documents.

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