The World Bank's global knowledge program, “Rethinking Power Sector Reforms”, aims to update the thinking on power sector reforms, utilizing lessons learned from the past ten years of reforms. The program is centered around six themes: financial viability, utility restructuring, power markets, regulation, political economy and gas-to-power. Each theme focuses on 15 target countries: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Kenya, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The World Bank wanted assistance preparing country case studies and a thematic flagship report for the financial viability theme.
DHInfrastructure prepared the financial viability portion of the country case studies and the financial viability flagship report. The case studies for each country synthesized existing work provided by the World Bank, including country level and utility level data, overlapping analyses from the other themes, and cost recovery models for utilities in each country. The case studies focused on cost recovery, but also incorporated other indicators of financial viability, through an analysis of each utility's financial statements. The case studies were prepared as both PowerPoints and short notes. The flagship report combined the findings from each of the case studies to analyse tariff setting and subsidy design issues in the context of achieving financial viability in the power sector.