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Country Development Partnerships (CDPs)

Country Development Partnerships (CDP), launched in 2000, are agreements between the Government, the World Bank, and other partners to work together on specific challenges identified by the Government in its development agenda such as gaining a better understanding of the nature and causes of poverty, or supporting reforms in the financial sector. The agreements are outlined as three-year programs, based on sound research and analysis, specifying what will be done, who will do it, where the funding and other resources will come from, and how success will be measured.

Each CDP is led by the Government with support from other stakeholders, including the Bank and other donors. The CDP also serves as a vehicle for engaging civil society, the private sector, and other partners in the policy design, implementation, and monitoring process.

Depending on where support is needed, the Bank’s engagement in a CDP can take the form of analytical and advisory activities, technical assistance, donor coordination, and/or partnerships. In addition, as appropriate, investment projects can selectively support implementation.

Step I

  • The Government selects key priority areas for the CDP
  • An outcomes-oriented action plan with a clear timeline, milestones, and accountabilities is formulated, based on strong analytic work—as laid out in a Development Matrix which describes the CDP objectives, output benchmarks, and capacity building inputs.
  • Division of labor and support from other partners is agreed—as laid out in a Partnership Matrix which details the inputs of partners and identifies potential resources to be tapped as well as any funding gap.
  • Arrangements for specific AAA, TA, and capacity building support are determined.

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Step II

  • Progress is monitored through public workshops with stakeholders annually or biannually.
  • Specific action plans are fine-tuned and adjusted based on the progress review meeting.
  • Interim implementation reports are completed and disseminated to stakeholders.

Step III

  • CDP progress is integrated in a comprehensive progress review on the national agenda.

And some potential future CDPs are Environment, Information and Communication Technology - ICT and Education.


The CDPs are currently supported by ASEM trust funds, other World Bank-administered trust funds including the Institutional Develpment Fund (IDF), and Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD). Principal international partners including the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Union (EU), AusAID (Australia), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and others also play important roles in providing technical assistance and capacity building on specific components. 

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Find out more about the Current CDPs

Thailand Country Dialog Monitor for 2003

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