Why Public Private Partnerships?
Donors, governments and the private sector alike are increasingly recognizing the benefits that Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) can bring in terms of achieving solutions that could not be delivered by one partner alone; however such partnerships often remained confined to the macro level. Emerging micro enterprises and community organisations are often perceived to lack both the organizational capacity and the credibility to enter into formal contracts with local government.
Living Earth has developed a pro-poor approach to Public Private Partnerships. This has involved developing a virtuous circle whereby local councils are supported in contracting small enterprises and community groups to deliver environmental and sanitation services in the poorest areas of the city.
We have found that this approach not only results in increased income levels and job creation amongst the micro enterprises and community groups, but also represents value for money to hard-pressed local government and leads to improved scrutiny of local government thus raising the standards of service delivery by local authorities.