Infrastructure in Regional Development: Day 4 Guide

Workshop Agenda and Guide for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

This schedule and individual modules are still under development and subject to change. Please visit often for up-to-date information. Follow the links for module names to go directly to the module description following the schedule.

12:30–1:30: Lunch (and optional session for Engineering Officers)

Managing your FS Career

Bob MacLeod


1:30–3:00: Concurrent Sessions

3:00–3:30: Break
3:30–5:00: Concurrent Sessions Continue

Module Summaries

Innovations in Energy: Minigrids and Smartgrids

Jeremy Foster

In efforts to expand electricity services to remote communities, many regions are increasingly looking towards innovative advances in self-contained mini-grid and smart-grid systems as an alternative and/or supplement to central power generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. This module examines the technical, operational/maintenance, and cost characteristics of various types of mini-grid systems. Participants will receive an overview of the benefits—and notable limitations—of mini-grids and smart-grids, as well as an understanding of critical planning and design issues to consider when evaluating rural electrification project proposals.

Reforming Troubled Utilities / Utilities Management

Allen Eisendrath
Simone Lawaetz

Power sectors in many developing countries are dominated by inefficient, state-owned power utilities that are unable to recover costs, maintain system assets or invest in new infrastructure to meet growth in demand. This module will present effective approaches currently in practice for turning around troubled utilities and improving sector governance and oversight. Special attention will be paid to the development of public-private partnerships in selected countries and the challenges they overcame in improving the power utilities’ operational and financial performance.

Post-Disaster/Post-Conflict Infrastructure Reconstruction

Andy Golda

In the past decade, USAID has addressed critical infrastructure needs in countries recovering from natural disasters and recovering from conflict. This module will look at USAID’s experience in planning, managing and evaluating infrastructure reconstruction in an interagency environment.


Presenter TBD

Coming soon

Using Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the Design of Power Sector Projects

Juan A. B. Belt

This session will discuss how financial and economic analysis (CBA) can contribute to the design of more effective power sector projects. Session will contrast USAID-supported power sector reform programs in Guatemala (low intensity conflict) and Afghanistan (high intensity conflict). It will stress how an adequate regulatory framework and a financially viable distribution company (DISTCO) affect the sustainability of USAID investments in the power sector. Practical exercises based on USAID/Afghanistan projects will allow participants, distributed in groups of 3–5, to develop Excel models of different project alternatives such as increased generation, distribution company (DISTCO) and transmission company (TRANSCO) strengthening, etc. Each group of participants will have support from one of the trainers. A representative of each group will present the results of the modeling exercise to all the participants.

Construction Assessment/Survey

Bob MacLeod
Nancy Convard

This session will present initial results from the Agency-wide construction survey. Importantly, it will also solicit input to provide context and insights for the further analytical analysis of survey data.

Last updated: October 24, 2013

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