Expand access to water and sanitation services by mobilizing the private sector

What we propose: to accompany local authorities (municipalities, regions...) in the delegation of the service to local operators, with the aim of achieving better technical and financial performances (service to marginal districts, cost recovery, improvement of the quality of the service). Where these operators belong to the private sector, BCC participates in the elaboration of PPP or PSP adapted to the specific needs of the local authorities.

An oil change truck in Ndjamena

Some applications of this approach:

In the working-class neighborhoods of large cities in the South, the majority of households are not connected to public water and sanitation systems. Do they die of thirst? No, because small local private companies provide these services. The World Bank asked Bernard Collignon to reconstruct the business model of these SMEs in 10 African capitals and to evaluate their clientele and performance.

In Gaza (Palestine), groundwater is brackish. Bernard Collignon evaluated for AFD the clientele, performance and potential of private operators who install reverse osmosis desalination units to supply households with fresh water.

In the DRC, REGIDESO provides the public water service in very large cities in a difficult context, while leaving a large autonomy to its local branches. The PPIAF (World Bank group) asked Bernard Collignon and Hydroconseil to evaluate the feasibility of various PPP options to improve water distribution in the capital of Katanga (Lubumbashi) 

What others do better: engineering large dams
and large water treatment plants
Photo: Wastewater treatment plant