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LESSONS:

Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Uzbekistan

Initial implementation delays need to be reduced. To this end, more work should be completed during project preparation including (a) the preparation of a request for proposal for consulting services, (b) the approval of advance action for the procurement of consulting services and construction contracts, (c) the preparation of feasibility studies and their approval by the government, and (d) the preparation of tender documents for the first contract package.

Consultants should be fielded early in the project implementation period.

Market-level compensation is necessary to attract and retain competent staff at the PMU and PIUs.

The midterm review should thoroughly review the project, including knowledge of ground realities, costs, and implementation progress, and come up with a revised project scope, if warranted, keeping in view the budgetary provisions, and a realistic implementation schedule.

Uninterrupted power supply and assured raw water availability are critical to ensure the sustainability of investments. Such infrastructure constraints that are outside the control of a particular project may reduce the project’s benefits as well as accelerate the depreciation of the assets created.

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