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Domestic Private Sector Participation Initiative (DPSPI)

Roughly 884 million people today lack clean water and 2.5 billion are without sanitation services.  Improving water and sanitation service delivery to the poor is a key factor in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).   Since the public sector serves only a portion of poor populations, coordinated efforts from all corners of society are needed to achieve the MDGs.  The local private sector is well suited to service the poor because of their knowledge and understanding of the needs of their communities.

By working with domestic entrepreneurs there is an ability to unlock the market, promote domestic investment by leveraging market-based resources, and enhance the capacity of local private sector providers as well as NGOs providing not-for-profit services on a commercial basis. WSP, with a US$12 million fund from the Department for International Development (DFID), launched the Domestic Private Sector Participation Initiative (DPSPI) to leverage effective and competitive local private sector opportunities in the water and sanitation sector.  There are currently over 25 projects in four regions: Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia.  This global program provides strategic assistance to advance the role of the local private sector in delivering water and sanitation services to the poor. 
Contact Name: 
Marlon Lezama
Contact Email: 
wsp@worldbank.org