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Best practices in regulating State-owned and municipal water utilities

April 2013 | Project documents
Publication cover
Corporate author:
  • NU. CEPAL
  • Francia. Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
UN symbol.:
LC/W.542
Pages:
65 p. : gráfs., tabls.
Editorial:
ECLAC
Type:
Project documents
Collection:
  • Project Documents, Studies and Research Papers
    • Project documents

Description

The fundamental lesson that emerges from this survey of regulating state-owned and municipal water utilities in developing countries is that sector regulation has to be embedded in an adequate and consistent institutional framework in order to have a positive impact on performance. Sector regulation, by itself, is no guarantee of performance improvements in the drinking water supply and sanitation sector. Case studies and empirical analyses suggest that without significant changes in the supporting institutions, the standard tools of regulation will not be effective. This conclusion is disturbing, especially for developing countries, since it means that the establishment of a regulatory agency might raise hopes, but ultimately, the agency's rules are unlikely to improve performance without additional, politically difficult initiatives.

Table of contents

Introduction .-- Regulatory governance and substance .-- SOE utility governance and substance .-- Best practice: benchmarking and conflict resolution .-- Key lessons and conclusions.

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