This paper belongs to a series of 14 country case studies spanning Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The series is part of the ‘Operationalising Pro-Poor Growth (OPPG)’ work programme, a joint initiative of AFD, BMZ (GTZ, KfW Development Bank), DFID and the World Bank. The OPPG work programme aims to provide better advice to governments on policies that facilitate the participation of poor people in the growth process. Other outputs of the OPPG initiative include a joint synthesis report, a note on methodological approaches to analysing the distributional impact of growth, cross-country econometric work, literature reviews, and six synthesis papers on: macroeconomics and structural policies, institutions, labour markets, agriculture and rural development, pro-poor spending, and gender. The country case studies and synthesis papers will be disseminated in 2005.