Civil Society Engagement in PSIA Processes: A Review

01 Feb 2007

Civil Society Engagement in PSIA Processes: A Review (2007), a study commissioned by UNDP and prepared by the Overseas Development Institute, calls for broader national participation in Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) processes. The paper draws on a review of the international literature to introduce PSIAs processes and it then reviews civil society’s experience of engagement with PSIAs, and presents three case studies, Uganda, Armenia and Bolivia, as examples. The paper then goes on to identify entry points for future civil society engagement and propose a range of tools that civil society actors might draw on to maximize the effectiveness of their future engagement.


Section 1 of this report describes the approach used to produce this study and present a brief introduction to PSIAs. Section 2 presents the rationale behind PSIAs, provides an overview of current PSIA activity and identifies the challenges that have emerged from attempting to use PSIAs to influence policy agenda setting, design and implementation in a pro-poor way. Section 3 focuses on civil society and the role that it has played in connection with PSIA processes around the world. Section 4 presents country case studies from Uganda, Armenia and Bolivia and reviews civil society involvement in PSIAs in these countries. Section 5 presents possible entry points for civil society in the PSIA process and suggests a range of tools that might be used to increase the effectiveness of civil society engagement and Section 6 presents conclusions and recommendations.  

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