PIVOT / Sanergy / Stone Family Foundation / Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

Public-Private Partnerships in urban sanitation: why, when, how

Thursday 31 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH 300
SWEEP: a lease-based PPP model for FSM service delivery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: WSUP

The provision of at-scale citywide sanitation services – covering the full sanitation chain from distribution, emptying and transport to treatment and reuse – requires the coordination of a complex set of actors. The focus of the urban sanitation sector is moving beyond binary “Public versus Private” debates towards recognition that both private enterprise and public institutions have a function to perform. This has been accompanied by a practical focus on the different forms that Public-Private Partnership (PPP) may take.

This session will draw on the first-hand experience of diverse stakeholders to explore the nuances of developing effective PPPs across the sanitation chain. Participants will learn about innovative PPP frameworks that have helped kick-start emptying services in Dhaka (SWEEP); introduced innovative and city-scale waste-to-resource services in Kigali (Pivot); as well as potential opportunities for partnerships between a container-based sanitation business and the public sector in Nairobi (Sanergy). The session will explore the ingredients that need to be in place for public institutions from different contexts to deliver their public health mandates through partnerships with innovative sanitation businesses. 


14:00 Welcome
Lucien Chan, Skoll Foundation

14:05 Public-Private Partnerships across the urban sanitation chain: setting the scene
Neil Jeffery

14:10 Distribution: experience from Nairobi
David Auerbach
, Sanergy

14:25 Emptying and transport: experience from Dhaka
Jeremy Horner

14:40 Treatment and reuse: experience from Kigali
Ashley Muspratt
, Pivot

14:55 Panel discussion

  • Neil Jeffery, WSUP
  • Paul Gunstensen, Stone Family Foundation
  • David Auerbach, Sanergy
  • Ashley Muspratt, Pivot

15:25 Summary
Lucien Chan
, Skoll Foundation

15:30 Close of session