Strategies for Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: Practical lessons from Ghana, France and Senegal
This paper analyzes the experiences of countries that have undertaken reform of their fossil-fuel subsidies and establishes what lessons can be learned. It focuses in particular on France, Ghana and Senegal, as well as drawing from case studies of other countries and previous work that examines the reform of energy subsidies and price subsidies. The paper finds there is no single formula for success, but six important strategies are identified:
2. Establishment of reform objectives and parameters: clearly articulate objectives to help focus the reform strategy.
3. Construction of a coherent reform policy: ideally designed with support from a broad range of stakeholders.
4. Implementation: reform is not easy and may require several attempts.
5. Monitoring, evaluation and adjustment: policies can be adapted in light of new information, requiring a continual assessment of the underlying policy objectives.
6. Forward movement: successful reform requires the prevention of backsliding.
Papers in this series:
- Untold Billions: Fossil-fuel subsidies, their impacts and the path to reform: A Summary of Key Findings
- Effects of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: A review of modelling and empirical studies
- The Politics of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
- Strategies for Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: Practical lessons from Ghana, France and Senegal
- Gaining Traction: The importance of transparency in accelerating the reform of fossil-fuel subsidies
- Mapping the Characteristics of Producer Subsidies: A review of pilot country studies
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