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Providing for the People : Policy Note on Utility Service Reform in Mauritania's Mining Corridor

ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY ACCESS TO SERVICES ACCESS TO WATER ADEQUATE WATER APPROACH AQUIFERS AVAILABILITY AVAILABILITY OF WATER BULK WATER CAPACITY BUILDING CISTERNS CONCESSION CONTRACT CONNECTION FEES CONSTRUCTION COST RECOVERY COSTS OF ELECTRICITY COVERING CROSS-SUBSIDIES DECISION MAKING DECISION MAKING PROCESS DEMAND FOR WATER DISTRIBUTION NETWORK DISTRIBUTION OF WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM DOMESTIC SUPPLY DOMESTIC WATER DOMESTIC WATER SUPPLY DRAINAGE DRAINAGE SYSTEM DRILLING ELECTRIC POWER ELECTRICITY ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION ELECTRICITY GENERATION ELECTRICITY OPTION ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION ELECTRICITY SUPPLY EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT GENERATION HIGH LEVELS HOUSEHOLD CONNECTIONS HOUSEHOLDS INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS INVESTMENT COSTS IRON IRRIGATION IRRIGATION PURPOSES LIVESTOCK HERDS LOCAL AUTHORITIES LOCAL OPERATOR LOCAL OPERATORS LOCALITY MANAGEMENT OF WATER MARKET GARDENING MINERAL RESOURCES MUNICIPALITIES OIL PETROLEUM POTABLE WATER POWER POWER GENERATION POWER PLANT PRESSURE PRIVATE OPERATOR PRIVATE SECTOR OPERATORS PROVISION OF SERVICE PROVISION OF SERVICES PROVISION OF WATER PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLIC STANDPIPE PUBLIC UTILITY PUMPING QUALITY OF SERVICE QUALITY OF WATER QUALITY WATER REVENUE GENERATION RURAL ELECTRIFICATION SALE OF WATER SANITATION SECTORAL MINISTRIES SERVICE DELIVERY SERVICE OPERATOR SERVICE PROVIDER SERVICE PROVIDERS SERVICE PROVISION SMALL TOWNS SOCIAL SERVICES STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION SUSTAINABLE WATER SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY TARIFF STRUCTURE TARIFF STRUCTURES THERMAL SYSTEMS TOWN TOWNS URBAN AREAS UTILITIES UTILITY OPERATOR UTILITY OPERATORS UTILITY SERVICES WASTE WATER WASTEWATER WATER CAPACITY WATER CONNECTIONS WATER CONSUMPTION WATER DISTRIBUTION WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WATER PRODUCTION WATER PUMPS WATER QUALITY WATER RATIONING WATER RESERVOIRS WATER RESOURCE WATER RESOURCES WATER SALES WATER SCHEMES WATER SECTOR WATER SERVICE WATER SERVICE PROVISION WATER SERVICES WATER SOURCES WATER SUPPLY WATER SYSTEM WATER TARIFF
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Washington, DC
Africa | Mauritania
2014-07-18T22:37:25Z | 2014-07-18T22:37:25Z | 2008-09

This policy note summarizes the results of a Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) and a consultative decision making process carried out over a two-year period (2005-2007). Chapter two presents the country and reform context by providing background information on the role of mining in Mauritania's economy and explaining the current situation in the Nouadhibou-Zouerat economic corridor with regard to water and electricity services. This section indicates the need for reform by reviewing the reform context from a legal, economic, institutional, technical, and consumer perspective. Chapter three introduces previous reform proposals and discusses the economic viability of the most plausible reform option. Chapter four outlines the potential social and poverty impacts of utility service reform by presenting survey results on consumers' ability and willingness to pay, showing which social groups are at risk of being negatively affected by reform and exploring policy responses to the identified risks. It also weighs the risks associated with reform against its benefits and provides policy recommendations. Issues associated with the political economy of reform implementation are discussed in chapter five, which concludes by making specific recommendations for the implementation of the necessary reform measures (chapter six).

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