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Enhancing Policy, Legal, Institutional, and Regulatory Frameworks for Water and Sanitation Services in Egypt

The Water Policy and Regulatory Reform project worked with the government of Egypt to reform and restructure the water and sanitation services sector and to support private sector participation in infrastructure and service provision.

In partnership with USAID and the Egyptian government, Chemonics worked with the Egyptian Water Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development to address water and wastewater quality in Egypt, through the Water Policy and Regulatory Reform project. The project supported policy and regulatory changes to the water and wastewater systems while also developing implementation mechanisms for the reforms.


The project provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development and the Egyptian Water Regulatory Authority through interventions in six key areas:

  • Policy development and legal reform and harmonization
  • Operationalization of the regulatory authority through development of regulatory policies, tools, and procedures
  • Establishment of water and wastewater operator and laboratory technician standards and certification programs
  • Provision of transaction support for public-private partnerships in infrastructure development and service delivery
  • Building capacity and developing models and tools for improved capital investment planning and asset management
  • Design and implementation of management information systems and products and building capacity for program/construction management

The project worked with the ministry and the regulatory authority to strengthen the policy, legal, and regulatory framework for water and wastewater in coordination with projects supported by USAID and other donors that aim to improve and expand water and sanitation services.

Project Results:

  • Finalized a comprehensive water sector strategy plan that provided reform recommendations to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development in Egypt
  • Developed core competencies and more than 3,200 exam questions for certification programs targeting water and wastewater plant operators and analysts
  • Led a survey exercise to rate all water and wastewater treatment plants in Egypt to organize the plants into manageable categories for certifying operators
  • Released PRiSM 2.0, an online program management system that allows ministry officials to generate monthly reports on the status of infrastructure projects, and oversaw more than 6,600 projects entered into the system as of September 2013

Read the Final Report here.

Project Duration: 2008 - 2013

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