Energy Subsidy Reform Assessment Framework (ESRAF): Guidance for Comprehensive Energy Subsidy Reforms - Good Practice Overview Note

Reforming subsidies can be a complex and politically difficult process. Countries embarking on this journey underline the need for understanding the political context of reform, crafting the right energy pricing, designing solutions that mitigate the adverse impacts of reform on affected populations, and engaging with citizens.

The Energy Subsidy Reform Assessment Framework (ESRAF) is a comprehensive analytical toolkit and assessment framework for helping countries to achieve politically and socially sustainable reforms. It highlights issues, tools and practices to help identify, analyze and facilitate a comprehensive reform of energy subsidies. It also outlines analytical approaches to diagnose the impacts of energy subsidies, including their effect on energy consumption, emissions, and health. Finally, it explains how to better understand the political context of reform, consult with stakeholders and engage with the public, and it proposes a checklist for rapid diagnostics to aid and guide the reform process.

ESRAF Good Practice Overview: Guidance for Comprehensive Energy Subsidy Reforms

ESRAF Good Practice Note 1: Identifying and Quantifying Energy Subsidies

ESRAF Good Practice Note 2: Assessing the Fiscal Cost of Subsidies and Fiscal Impact of Reform

ESRAF Good Practice Note 3:  Analyzing the Incidence of Consumer Price Subsidies and the Impact of Reform on Households — Quantitative Analysis

ESRAF Good Practice Note 4 to come: Incidence of Price Subsidies on Households and Distributional Impact of Reform — Qualitative Methods

ESRAF Good Practice Note 5:  Assessing the Readiness of Social Safety Nets to Mitigate the Impact of Reform

ESRAF Good Practice Note 6 to come: Identifying the Impacts of Higher Energy Prices on Firms and Industrial Competitiveness

ESRAF Good Practice Note 7: Modeling Macroeconomic Impacts and Global Externalities

ESRAF Good Practice Note 8: Local Environmental Externalities due to Energy Price Subsidies — A Focus on Air Pollution and Health

ESRAF Good Practice Note 9: Assessing the Political Economy of Energy Subsidies to Support Policy Reform Operations

ESRAF Good Practice Note 10: Designing Communication Campaigns for Energy Subsidy Reform


Flochel, Thomas; Gooptu, Sudarshan. 2018. Guidance for Comprehensive Energy Subsidy Reforms: Energy Subsidy Reform Assessment Framework (ESRAF) Good Practice Note, Overview. ESMAP Paper.  Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.

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