Belize - Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
Government of Belize

National Poverty Elimination Strategy and Action Plan (NPESAP) 2009-2013

This National Poverty Elimination Strategy and Action Plan (NPESAP) represents the measures to be undertaken toward eliminating poverty during the 2009 to 2013 period. It builds on the findings of various consultations and studies undertaken during the period 2005 to 2007, on the strategies and policies endorsed through the results of the 2008 general elections, and on stakeholder consultations undertaken during its preparation in early 2009. The NPESAP is organized along five strategic thrusts, and every attempt is made to incorporate the elements of a comprehensive development plan. To achieve this end, the NPESAP is guided by the analytical frame recommended through the World Bank publication ‘A Sourcebook on Poverty Reduction Strategies’. The NPESAP therefore sets out issues and measures in the macro-structural, human development and infrastructure areas, and simultaneously targets urban and rural poverty and the cross cutting issues of governance, gender and environment. The structure of the monitoring and evaluation framework designed to support effective implementation of the NPESAP reinforces another important cross-cutting issue, that of participation.