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Extending water services for Urban Poor in Morocco

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Launched in 2007, Morocco’s Urban OBA pilots aim to connect 11,300 households to piped water and sanitation service in poor peri-urban neighbourhoods of these three cities. The pilots are funded through a US$7 million grant from GPOBA and are implemented by the incumbent service providers in each city. Amendis in Tangiers and LYDEC in Casablanca are international private concessionaires. The Régie Autonome de Distribution d’Eau et d’Électricité de Meknès (RADEM) is a public utility. The Government of Morocco also plays an oversight and monitoring role.

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Small Scale Private Water Operators in peri-urban Areas of Maputo, Mozambique

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Hydroconseil provided technical assistance to FIPAG for the purpose of strengthening the current water distribution system. The support included:

1-      Creation of an institutional framework for the participation of local private operators (SSIP): the purpose was to establish formal relationships between POPs and the government institutions by implementing an innovative lease arrangement. Within this framework, POPs are in charge of infrastructure management, developing the secondary network and the set up of private connections with his own funds.

2-      Implementation of an Output Based Aid (OBA) scheme in order to boost water service coverage in low income areas: as an incentive for POPs to invest in network expansion and to serve poor customers with cheap connections fees, the project provides an OBA subsidy for each additional connection installed within 2 years.

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