Africa Region Findings & Good Practice Infobriefs

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These briefs report on ongoing operational, economic, and sector work carried out by the World Bank and its member governments in the Africa Region.

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    Benin - Decentralized City Management
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2005-08) Mohan, P.C.
    The objective of the First Decentralized City Management project - 2000-2004 (credit equivalent of US$25.5 million) was to provide better quality and more cost-effective basic services to urban residents, especially the poor, of Benin's 3 main cities - Cotonou, Porto- Novo and Parakou. The project was the first phase of a planned 2-phase Adaptable Program Loan (APL) and followed a previously successful project, the Urban Rehabilitation and Management project.
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    Microfinance Regulation : Lessons from Benin, Ghana and Tanzania
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2004-10) Steel, William F.
    This article identifies key issues and lessons about how the overall regulatory framework affects the ability of microfinance institutions (MFIs) to become more market-oriented and integrated with the financial system. It is based on a review undertaken by the World Bank of microfinance regulation in Benin, Ghana and Tanzania to better inform advice and project design regarding the appropriate balance between the objectives of promotion, performance, and prudential supervision.
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    Benin - Improving Budget Systems To Increase Poverty Alleviation Impact
    (Washington, DC, 1997-11) World Bank
    The Public Expenditure Review (PER) in Benin is considered an integral component of the structural adjustment program. The process is multi-year and multi-sectoral, in order to allow the government to thoroughly analyze every sector's expenditures for consistency with its corresponding sector strategy and the general macroeconomic framework. Four main issues were addressed: a) the role of the state vis-a-vis the private sector; b) the efficiency of expenditures as measured by results achieved and their coherence with the sector strategy targets; c) the equity of expenditures measured by their contribution to promote more equal distribution of revenues and welfare; and d) budgetary procedures and institutional arrangements.