Sustainable Services Through Domestic Private Sector Participation Initiative (SS-DPSPI)
Investment and delivery of water supply and sanitation services is mostly the business of the public sector. However, population growth and urbanization are straining the public sector. Budget and capacity constraints mean large numbers of poor people are excluded from access to basic services. In many developing countries public utilities often serve less than 50% of the urban population.
Enabling sustainable services through domestic private sector participation is a core business area of WSP. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is one of the key partners of WSP in supporting client governments to leverage domestic private sector finance and expertise to scale up water and sanitation services for poor people. Through Sustainable Services Through Domestic Private Sector Participation, SS-DPSP, WSP seeks to understand, with its client countries, “How can domestic private sector providers increase the scale of their activities to reach more low-income customers?”
There are sixteen countries with SS-DPSP programs: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda.
Three main lines of activities namely, Building Water and Sanitation Business Models for the Poor; Public-Private Partnerships in Non-Traditional Markets; and Banking the ‘Unbanked’ Water and Sanitation Providers highlight the areas where SS-DPSP proposes interventions. To learn more about these activity lines, visit here.