A COSOP is a framework for making strategic choices about IFAD operations in a country, identifying opportunities for IFAD financing, and for facilitating management for results.
The central objective of a COSOP is to ensure that IFAD country operations produce a positive impact on poverty. The document reviews the specific rural poverty situation as the basis for determining geographic sites and related thematic areas where IFAD would operate and highlights the innovation it intends to promote in the country programme.
The COSOP discusses policy and institutional aspects that affect the outcome of IFAD operations and their impact on the poor including, inter alia, local governance and the participation/empowerment of the poor as main determinants of an enabling environment for the success of pro-poor projects. The COSOP also includes an overview of IFAD's previous operations and the lessons learned, particularly from evaluation studies, and integrates these lessons into future operational directions.
To ensure strong country ownership, the COSOP design and implementation process is characterized by wide stakeholder consultation. It is also designed to be aligned with the country's poverty reduction strategy and planning framework.
It clearly indicates potential strategic partners among multilateral and bilateral donors, taking into account the comparative advantage of each.