LYDEC: Providing Electricity, Water & Sanitation to Casablanca’s Shanty Towns

Authors Tarek Hatem
Lead Organization LYDEC
Type of Organization Large Domestic Company
Country Morocco (Middle East and North Africa)
Business Sector Utilities Energy (excl renewable energy) Water
Role of the Poor Consumer
Theme Public-Private Partnerships Public-Private Partnerships Environmental Impact
MDG 1: End Poverty and Hunger 2: Universal Education 7: Environmental Sustainability 8: Global Partnership
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Abstract In 1997, the Moroccan authorities picked LYDEC, a private-sector consortium managed as a subsidiary of SUEZ Environment, to manage Casablanca’s electricity, water and sewage networks by under the National Initiative for Human Development. The goal of the 30-year management contract was to provide access to essential services—electricity, water and sanitation—to the residents of Casablanca, including the poor living in shantytowns or illegal settlements. LYDEC has significantly increased the number of people with access to electricity and water services by partnering with the government and working closely with local users through a network of street representatives.
Citation Hatem, Tarek. "LYDEC: Providing Electricity, Water & Sanitation to Casablanca’s Shanty Towns." GIM Case Study No. A027. New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2008
Reference A027
Source GIM 2008
Type Case Study
Language English
Constraints Knowledge and Skills
Strategies Invest in Removing Market Constraints Leverage the Strengths of the Poor