Access to basic infrastructure services by poor people remains a problem even as governments of many developing countries have privatized these services. Many poor people continue to lack access to safe water and sanitation, modern sources of energy, and electronic means of communication. This book provides guidance on how to structure private infrastructure reforms to maximize access. The book finds that privatization can help increase access, but that ensuring it does lead to improvements requires policymakers to pay attention to the details of market design and regulation. This includes transferring real risk from the government to the private sector, permitting competition wherever possible, protecting poor people from excessively high pricing, and establishing credible policies about who will pay for infrastructure services.
Private Infrastructure and the Poor: Increasing Access - Universal Service: Empirical Evidence on the Provision of Infrastructure Services to Rural and Poor Rural Consumers - Infrastructure Coverage and the Poor: A Global Perspective - Measuring the Impact of Energy Interventions on the Poor - An Illustration from Guatemala - Impact on Market Structure on Service Options for the Poor - Regulating Infrastructure for the Poor: Perspectives on Regulatory System Design - Regulating of the Quality of Infrastructure Services - In Developing Countries - Lifeline or Means-Testing? Electric Utility Subsidies in Honduras
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