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New project: Assuring economic viability and environmental sustainability of Palestinian regional water utilities

12-09-2023

In this newly granted Nuffic Tailor-Made-Training project, Maastricht School of Management’s (MSM) Expert Centre on Emerging Economies (ECEE) and the Palestinian Water Sector Regulatory Council (WSRC) continue their collaboration to support the newly created regional water utilities

In Palestine they are working on major reforms in the water sector to among others establish regional water utilities. Palestine has many small water utilities which need to be merged into bigger regional water utilities. Within this new project MSM will support the creation of the new regional water utilities and to assure their economic viability and environmental sustainability.

It’s not the first time that MSM has collaborated with the WSRC. Over the past two years MSM closely worked together with the WSRC to build the capacity of the council and other stakeholders in the water sector. Capacity building in the water sector requires innovation and efficient water management of urban households and at the rural level. Their capacity was strengthened according to the triple helix model where government, academia and the private sector intensify and align collaboration.

Efficiency and financial and environmental sustainability
In this new project, we will continue strengthening the triple helix collaboration in the water sector of Palestine to achieve sustainable development of the regional water utilities. To achieve this, multiple actors are involved, who all have different interests. Hence why in this project we will be focusing on developing strategic plans and economic tools to assure more efficiency and financial and environmental sustainability. In this training senior level staff will take part from the WSRC, the National Water Company, Regional Water Utilities, Local Government, the private sector, and NGO’s. We will expand their knowledge further on among others the principles of cost recovery, environmental sustainability and the requirements and procedures for licensing.

By the end of this project, the participants will be able to assess strategic plans, business plans, operational and inspection plans. Furthermore, they will be able to prepare the necessary documents and use them for the management of the utility. As well knowing how to apply the principles of fixing prices, achieving cost recovery, calculating a differentiated tariff and complying with the standards for drinking water.

This project will be managed by Veerle Barten, Project Consultant at MSM’s Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The project will run from September 2023 until August 2024.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This institutional collaboration project is part of MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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