Capacity building

Under the umbrella of its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) and in collaboration with other entities, NADB develops and co-sponsors training programs, workshops, webinars and other such activities aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of local governments and utilities, as well as generating and sharing knowledge about a new sector or technology.

Recent seminar topics include water utility management, waste management, energy efficiency, and storm water management through low-impact development (LID) techniques.

In addition to training and workshops, NADB also works with local governments and utilities to improve their financial, commercial and operational efficiencies through studies aimed at identifying, evaluating and correcting inefficiencies in their systems, as well as provides support for urban planning efforts. Information regarding the types of studies and activities eligible is provided below.

Financial Efficiency

To help strengthen the borrowing capacity and creditworthiness of potential project sponsors, this area includes user fee and rate structure analyses, as well as development of user registries, credit ratings, socioeconomic studies and financial analyses. 

Commercial Efficiency

To strengthen the financial performance of utilities and increase their sustainability, support can be provided for the analysis of administrative operations, which may include business systems and delinquent account recovery studies, management studies, information and management system studies, billing and collection studies, development and review of operation manuals and procedures, reviews of conservation policies and procedures, audits, evaluations of commercial, administrative and operational performance, and public outreach efforts regarding the benefits of fee for service and other issues of importance to the financial health of a project sponsor.

Ordinarily, grants will not be used to purchase software and equipment related to a NADB-funded study. However, the purchase of such software or equipment may be approved when a project sponsor commits and provides 30% of the cost of such software or equipment and the training necessary to utilize it.

Operational Efficiency

This area focuses on technical operations that may affect the financial health of utilities, as well as the planning efforts of local government. Activities include needs assessments, regional planning studies, water loss audits, system sectionalization and modeling, line surveys and mapping, urban cadastral system studies related to municipal planning reforms, technical diagnostic studies, energy audits, clean energy resource assessments and evaluations, urban public transportation planning, urban public transportation demand studies, and evaluations of electromechanical equipment.

Additionally, NADB may support pilot environmental infrastructure projects and research studies. This area includes studies and services aimed at supporting the development and introduction of innovative technological solutions to environmental problems as a means of promoting their broader use in the border region, especially in the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and pollution prevention. These services may include design, project management, works supervision, the purchase and installation of specialized equipment and training in its use.