Water supply and sanitation (WSS) infrastructure in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia is often critically deteriorated, involving significant risks for human health and the environment. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals on water supply and sanitation is therefore a serious challenge in many countries in the region. Armenia, one of the poorest countries in the region, faces many of these challenges as well as serious financial constraints related to affordability issues in households and public budgets.
Building on the previous EAP Task Force work, this publication presents key results of a policy dialogue on the implementation of a finance strategy for water supply and sanitation in the Republic of Armenia. The main objective of the dialogue was to support Armenian stakeholders in: integrating the financial projections into budgetary decision making at the national level (Task 1); increasing the reliability of investment needs assessment, using robust methods to assess, manage and forecast demand for water supply and sanitation services (Task 2); and ensuring that tariff policies are sustainable from an economic and social point of view (Task 3). The lessons learnt from this project, on policy and method, are relevant to most EECCA countries and beyond. This publication consists of three volumes.
Volume 1 - Integrating the Finance Strategy into the Budgetary Process (Task 1)