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  • Water and Sanitation in Belize

    Kuratomi, Traci; Martin, Dougal; Ducci, Jorge; Rihm, Alfredo; Navia Díaz, María del Rosario; Grau, Javier

    Date: Jan, 2014

    In the last decade, Belize has seen major improvements in access to water, but it is behind in achieving universal access to improved sanitation facilities. Belize has also made progress in terms of the disposal of solid waste in the central and western regions, including in the largest urban area, Belize City. Despite these developments, there is a need to further improve the performance of these sectors, especially in terms of wastewater collection and treatment in urban areas throughout the country and solid waste collection and final disposal in the northern (Corozal and Orange Walk districts) and southern (Stann Creek and Toledo districts) regions of the country. This Technical Note was prepared to support the policy dialogue between the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Belize. It provides an analysis of the current situation of the water and sanitation and solid waste sectors in Belize, and makes recommendations on immediate actions to assist in further improving coverage and the quality of the services provided.


  • Institutionalizing Monitoring of Rural Water Services in Latin America: Lessons from El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay

    Smits, Stef; Uytewaal, Erma; Sturzenegger, Germán

    Date: Nov, 2013

    In the last two years, various countries in Latin America have begun monitoring rural water supply service delivery, largely driven by two objectives: 1) to establish rural water inventories for investment planning, and 2) to better target post construction support. For such monitoring systems not to face sustainability challenges, clear institutional and financial arrangements must be established. The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) have been supporting the design and implementation of such monitoring systems in El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay. In coordination with local sector agencies, a methodology to define an institutional framework for monitoring was developed and tested. This paper provides an overview of the approach, including examples and cost estimates from the three countries.


  • Preparing Informal Recycler Inclusion Plans: An Operational Guide

    Date: Nov, 2013

    This document objective is to assist practitioners and decision-makers engaged in the preparation and implementation of inclusion plans for informal recyclers working at final disposal sites. The key question addressed by this Guide is how to work with informal recyclers and other actors in the development of viable and sustainable solutions - both within and beyond the existing waste stream - that will allow informal recyclers affected by solid waste projects, such as the construction, rehabilitation or closure of final disposal sites, to maintain or increase their incomes in improved working conditions.


  • Gender and Recycling: Tools for Project Design and Implementation: Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling

    Rudin, Victoria; Van den Berg, Sophie; Abarca, Liliana

    Date: Oct, 2013

    This Guide is intended to be used in the preparation of projects that contribute to the formalization of recyclers and their integration into the recycling value chain. Through the application of the tools included in the Guide, it is possible to identify and take into account the needs of recyclers in each stage of the project cycle, in order to promote the creation and strengthening of spaces for the equal participation of women and men in decision-making and in the assignment of responsibilities associated with the project.


  • Decentralization, Fiscal Effort and Social Progress in Colombia at the Municipal Level, 1994-2009: Why Does National Politics Matter?

    Sánchez Torres, Fabio; Pachón, Mónica

    Date: Jul, 2013

    The present paper explores the relationship between political competition and effective public goods delivery systems in a decentralized context to study whether the awareness generated through such a competitive environment and the existence of more political options are a part of the causal mechanisms for effective governance. In particular, we want to observe the effect of electoral competition on the incentives to build fiscal capacity and provide public goods such as education and water, that are to a large extent the responsibility of the local municipalities. The research hypothesis is that political competition strengthens the decentralized municipalities through building their local fiscal capacity. In turn, the fiscal capacity is the fundamental variable that explains the differences in sector performance across local governments. Local fiscal capacity brings about better policy outcomes, as well as a better match between resources and the needs - what we call responsiveness - which simultaneously ensures greater efficiency in local spending. Using a rich panel municipal dataset from 1994 till 2009, we have shown that on comparing the differences across education and the water and sewerage sectors, the power of fiscal effort appears to be the driving force behind better policy outcomes than any other resource commonly made available to the municipalities, such as national transfers or royalties.


  • Does Participatory Budgeting have an Effect on the Quality of Public Services?: The Case of Peru's Water and Sanitation Sector

    Date: Mar, 2013

    Since 2004 the government of Peru has implemented a process of participatory budgeting (PB), which is mandatory for every sub-national government. We analyze the link from PB to coverage and water service quality indicators. We find no statistically significant relationship between PB and our measures of coverage and service continuity, regardless of whether the outcome variables are measured in levels or in changes. Qualitative evidence collected in a sample of municipalities is consistent with this result. Further, PB in the water sector may also lead to inequitable outcomes as the poor may confront greater costs of participation. At the root of this lack of connection we find weaknesses both in the PB process itself as well as among the different actors in the process: citizens, municipalities and water service providers.


  • AquaRating: A Rating System for Water and Sanitation Utilities

    Krause, Matthias; Cabrera, Enrique

    Date: Jun, 2012

    This presentation describes AquaRating, a new rating system that evaluates water and sanitation utilities in an all-encompassing manner. The presenters discuss the reasons for implementing this system, they ways it is put into practice and various rating products.


  • Tool to Evaluate the Fulfillment of Good Corporate Governance Practices in Primarily State Owned Water and Sanitation Companies

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Date: Jan, 2012

    This tool presented here in an Excel format was designed to evaluate the fulfillment of good corporate governance practices in primarily state owned water and sanitation companies in the region.


  • Evaluatie Van Waterpompsystemen: Energie-efficiency Beoordelingshandleiding

    Pedraza, Arturo; Rosas, Ramón

    Date: Dec, 2011

    Als onderdeel van de technische samenwerking "Energiebesparing voor de Caraïbische Drinkwater en Afvalwaterbedrijven" heeft het "Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initative (SECCI)" van de IDB een regionale methodologie ontwikkeld om de energie-efficiency en het onderhoud van drinkwaterbedrijven in de Latijns-Amerikaanse en Caraïbische landen te verbeteren. Deze methodologie, ontwikkeld door de consultancybureaus Econoler International en Alliance to Save Energy, richt zich in hoofdzaak op het electromechanische rendement van pompsystemen in het Caraïbische gebied. Dit is de energie-efficiency beoordelingshandleiding. Een rekenblad, een rekenbladgids en een energie-efficiency handleiding zijn ook beschikbaar op de portal van IDB Publicaties: Portal: http://www.iadb.org/publications/ and the Water and Sanitation Initiative Portal: http://www.iadb.org/en/topics/water-sanitation/energy-efficiency-for-utilities,4492.html.


  • Evaluatie Van Waterpompsystemen: Rekenblad

    Pedraza, Arturo; Rosas, Ramón

    Date: Dec, 2011

    Als onderdeel van de technische samenwerking "Energiebesparing voor de Caraïbische Drinkwater en Afvalwaterbedrijven" heeft het "Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initative (SECCI)" van de IDB een regionale methodologie ontwikkeld om de energie-efficiency en het onderhoud van drinkwaterbedrijven in de Latijns-Amerikaanse en Caraïbische landen te verbeteren. Deze methodologie, ontwikkeld door de consultancybureaus Econoler International en Alliance to Save Energy, richt zich in hoofdzaak op het electromechanische rendement van pompsystemen in het Caraïbische gebied. Dit spreadsheet is ingevuld met voorbeeldgegevens die moeten worden vervangen door de specifieke informatie van het pompsysteem dat de gebruiker wil analyseren.


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