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Partnership for Growth

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 29, 2011


Partnership for Growth (PFG) is a partnership between the United States and a select group of countries to accelerate and sustain broad-based economic growth by putting into practice the principles of President Obama’s September 2010 Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development. It involves rigorous joint analysis of constraints to growth, the development of joint action plans to address these constraints, and high-level mutual accountability for implementation. One of PFG’s signature objectives is to engage governments, the private sector and civil society with a broad range of tools to unlock new sources of investment, including domestic resources and foreign direct investment. By improving coordination, leveraging private investment, and focusing political commitment throughout both governments, the Partnership for Growth enables partners to achieve better development results.

Core principles of the Partnership for Growth include:

  • Country ownership and partnership;
  • High-level political leadership and commitment to development progress;
  • Rigorous, evidence-based joint analysis on constraints to growth conducted by integrated teams of U.S. Government and PFG country officials;
  • Joint decision-making on where to focus and prioritize resources;
  • Use of a broad range of tools, including catalytic policy change, institutional reform, aid, diplomatic engagement, and other ‘non-assistance’ policy tools;
  • Transparency, mutual accountability and fact-based monitoring and evaluation.

The PFG process consists of several steps, including:

  • Agreement to initiate PFG with selected partner countries;
  • Joint analysis on constraints to growth, followed by broad consultation and dialogue on findings;
  • Development of joint country action plans (JCAPs) that outline potential tools, reforms, technical assistance and resources that can be applied over the next five years to address highest-priority constraints to growth;
  • Implementation of priority initiatives;
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

El Salvador, Ghana, Philippines, and Tanzania agreed to become the first set of PFG countries based on their performance on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s selection criteria, a track record of partnering with the United States, policy performance, and potential for continued economic growth, among other criteria.

  • El Salvador signed its 2011-2015 Joint Country Action Plan on November 3, 2011;
  • In Ghana, we are in the process of developing the JCAP Framework;
  • On November 16, 2011, Secretary Clinton signed a PFG Joint Statement of Principles with the Philippines;
  • Tanzania is nearing completion of the JCAP Framework.

In all four countries, the United States will move quickly to implementation in continued close coordination and partnership.

PRN: 2011/2024

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