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Uruguay - Public Services and Social Sectors Structural Adjustment Loan Project (English)

Ratings for the Public Services and Social Sectors Structural Adjustment Loan Project for Uruguay were as follows: outcomes were moderately unsatisfactory, the risk to development outcome was moderate, the Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and the Borrower performance was moderately satisfactory. Some lessons learned included: The design of the Structural Adjustment Loan (SAL) raises a fundamental question about whether far-reaching structural reforms can best be achieved at a time of deep crisis when conditionality can easily be perceived as an attempt to use external financing as a way to force through policy reforms without popular support. This may be particularly true in consensus driven countries like Uruguay. Sector reforms should be based on a realistic assessment of the political and economic context and the willingness of the people and the government to accept the reform. Discussions with officials of the current and previous administrations during program implementation showed that a program involving policy changes with many different objectives (increased competitiveness, improved performance, reduced costs, increased competition, greater private participation in many sectors, reduced vulnerability to external changes) involves regulatory rules and an institutional framework that can only work with popular support. Tariff increases and other reforms are possible without social upheaval if properly identified and smoothly conducted. The Bank should understand and acknowledge cultural realities and, if needed, accept slowing down some reforms and relaxing some measures and controls.

Details

  • Document Date

    2007/12/19

  • Document Type

    Implementation Completion and Results Report

  • Report Number

    ICR489

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Uruguay,

  • Region

    Latin America & Caribbean,

  • Disclosure Date

    2008/03/19

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Uruguay - Public Services and Social Sectors Structural Adjustment Loan Project

  • Keywords

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Uruguay - Public Services and Social Sectors Structural Adjustment Loan Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/863711468173071928/Uruguay-Public-Services-and-Social-Sectors-Structural-Adjustment-Loan-Project