institutional strengthening

Report

A Journey of Institutional Change: Extending Water Services to Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

This Topic Brief sets out the process of institutional change undergone by Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company (NCWSC) to extend services to the informal settlements of Nairobi.

Beginning with the creation of an Informal Settlements Department (ISD) in 2009, the utility has implemented a set of structural reforms, strategies and service delivery approaches which have engendered significant progress towards citywide service provision, and which can be instructive for utilities facing similar challenges across sub-Saharan Africa.

Case Studies

Case Study of Water Revolving Fund in the Philippines

The Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF) was set up in 2008 to provide loans to water service providers to finance local water and wastewater projects. Loan repayments made into the fund are revolved to finance other projects. 

This case study of the PWRF is part of a series prepared by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice to highlight existing blended finance experiences in the water sector.

Related

Report

Using Performance-Based Contracts to Reduce Non-Revenue Water in Philippine Water Districts

Performance contracting provides a more effective means of incentivizing contractors to reduce non-revenue water (NRW) than traditional public sector, input-based, contracting can achieve. Water districts in the Philippines can use the currently unrealized value of NRW from leakage and inaccurate metering to finance the specialized expertise and equipment needed to reduce water losses.

Article

Collaboration for Watershed Conservation in Nepal

In western Nepal, pollution, fishing with electric current, explosive devices, and other destructive practices threaten the biodiversity of the country's great rivers and the generations-old cultural traditions of fishing communities. But the tide is turning in some of these communities, where those who once contributed to the problem are increasingly becoming part of the solution.

Article

Applying the “Internet of Things” to Water Systems

In many respects, Ethiopia’s lowlands represent the final frontier for the country’s ambitious plans to improve WASH coverage through its One WASH National Program. These harsh, arid lands are home to predominantly pastoral communities that roam with their livestock in search of water and grazing lands. Adding to these challenges are the pressures of regular droughts, depleted groundwater tables, and a lack of institutional capacity on the human and data side.

Article

An Interagency Collaboration Benefits Water Systems at Home and Abroad

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the support of the U.S. Department of State, has partnered with Brazil’s National Water Agency (ANA) and its Geological Survey to conduct training and technical assistance on a variety of water resources management subjects. Both the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working with USGS on this program, bringing a variety of U.S. Government expertise and resources to the Brazilian partner agencies. This program touches on all of the strategic objectives of the U.S.

Article

Strengthening Zambia’s WASH Infrastructure Improves Health, Changes Lives

The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC’s) Zambia Compact provided $355 million to improve the water supply, sanitation, and drainage infrastructure in the capital city of Lusaka. It also supported the government’s ongoing water sector reform efforts by strengthening partner institutions and facilitating potential private sector investment opportunities. Approximately 1.2 million Zambians are expected to benefit from these investments over the next 20 years.

Article

Institutional Reforms Expand Water Access in Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde, an extremely water-scarce country, faces a number of challenges in the water and sanitation sector. In 2012, the Government of Cabo Verde signed its second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with $41 million dedicated to the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Project. The WASH Project was designed to establish a financially sound, transparent, and accountable institutional basis for the delivery of water and sanitation services to Cabo Verdean households and businesses.

Brief

Adapting to Increase Access to Clean Water and Sanitation: IUWASH

USAID/Indonesia’s Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) program was designed to support the Government of Indonesia (GOI) in making significant progress toward achieving its safe water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets by expanding access to these services. The $40 million project that operated in more than 50 Indonesian municipalities from 2011 to 2016.