This report is concerned with the provision of water and sanitation to low-income areas within the Buenos Aires concession, one of the first of the recent wave of 'public private partnerships', and still one of the largest.
|Public private partnership and the poor : experiences with water provision in four low-income barrios in Buenos Aires
|Year of Publication
|McGranahan, G, Schusterman, R, Hardoy, A, Almansi, F, Oliverio, I, Rozensztejn, R, Urquiza, G
|56 p. : 2 boxes, 2 tab.
|Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University of Technology, WEDC
|argentina buenos aires, case studies, cooperation, government organizations, impact assessment, local level, low-income communities, non-governmental organizations, partnerships, private sector, sdilac, sdipol, urban areas, water supply
This report is concerned with the provision of water and sanitation to low-income areas within the Buenos Aires concession, one of the first of the recent wave of 'public private partnerships', and still one of the largest. It is based on case studies of four barrios where local governments, the private utility (Aguas Argentinas) and civil society organisations collaborated to improve the provision of water and sanitation. The case studies indicate that in a context of weak civic institutions, privatisation of public services represents a new window of opportunity for party politics and clientelism.
Multi-sector collaboration was viewed by most of the residents as the only means through which they could have gained access to water and sanitation services, given their lack of land titles and the infrastructure charges normally imposed by the utility.
General lessons drawn:
Evident limitations to the approaches taken in all four barrios: while the water and most of the sanitation systems are in place and functioning, the procedures for maintenance, billing and collecting payments have not been adequately developed.