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Social franchising principles do work : the business approach to removal and disposal of faecal sludge : from pilot to scale : a paper presented at...

Studies undertaken by the CSIR and WRC have found that social franchising partnerships for the routine maintenance of infrastructure could alleviate and address many challenges in the management of water services. A pilot project, under way in the Eastern Cape since 2009, has drawn to a successful conclusion. This provided selected infrastructure maintenance services to approximately 400 schools in the Butterworth education district. Half a dozen franchisee microbusinesses were created, and of the order of three dozen previously unemployed people were taught workplace skills. Irish Aid funded the concept development, but the franchisees were paid from the normal Department of Education (DoE) schools operation and maintenance budgets. Despite difficulties arising directly from DoE inefficiencies, the pilot project has proven the value of social franchising partnerships for this kind of work, the DoE now has a model it can roll out to the rest of the more than 4000 schools across the Eastern Cape which have similar types of infrastructure. Many opportunities lie in applying the same approach to other operation and/or maintenance activities within the water and sanitation services delivery chain. The time is ripe to further develop the concept so that it can move up the technology ladder, expanding its range of competencies beyond its current tried and tested boundaries. [authors abstract]

TitleSocial franchising principles do work : the business approach to removal and disposal of faecal sludge : from pilot to scale : a paper presented at...
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWall, K., Ive, O., Bhagwan, J., Kirwan, F.
Pagination10 p.
Date Published2012-10-29
PublisherS.n.
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsafrica, faecal sludge management [FSM], sanitation, schools, social aspects
Abstract

Studies undertaken by the CSIR and WRC have found that social franchising partnerships for the routine maintenance of infrastructure could alleviate and address many challenges in the management of water services. A pilot project, under way in the Eastern Cape since 2009, has drawn to a successful conclusion. This provided selected infrastructure maintenance services to approximately 400 schools in the Butterworth education district. Half a dozen franchisee microbusinesses were created, and of the order of three dozen previously unemployed people were taught workplace skills. Irish Aid funded the concept development, but the franchisees were paid from the normal Department of Education (DoE) schools operation and maintenance budgets. Despite difficulties arising directly from DoE inefficiencies, the pilot project has proven the value of social franchising partnerships for this kind of work, the DoE now has a model it can roll out to the rest of the more than 4000 schools across the Eastern Cape which have similar types of infrastructure. Many opportunities lie in applying the same approach to other operation and/or maintenance activities within the water and sanitation services delivery chain. The time is ripe to further develop the concept so that it can move up the technology ladder, expanding its range of competencies beyond its current tried and tested boundaries. [authors abstract]

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