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TitlePublic-local private sector partnership management contract for water delivery in Tumu in the upper west region of Ghana
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAkanbang, BAA
Paginationiii, 14 p.; 1 fig.
Date Published2009-05-01
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsaccess to water, financial management, ghana, ghana upper west region, private sector, water agencies, water management, water supply

The strength of the debate against private sector participation in the management of water has been that it will lead to increases in the price of utilities and thus limit economic and physical access of the poor to infrastructure. The dilemma then has been whether to involve private sector and allow the poor to suffer from high prices or leave utilities to public management for the poor to suffer from poor services. Private sector involvement in the water and sanitation sector has changed radically in the past five years: moving from a focus on large-scale contracts (concessions and leases) to a variety of approaches ranging from full privatization to public-private partnerships. It has also been recognized that the private sector in water provision does not only refer to multinational companies but also encompasses local domestic companies, small scale vendors, user associations and community-based organizations. [authors abstract]



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