Private-Public Partnerships

Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) are a normalized, well-established concept. Thrive Network’s research; however, has uncovered a super results-oriented engine when PPPs fuse with Output-Based Aid (OBAs). This combination uniquely motivates rural households, government agencies, community organizations, and the private sector to build, use, and sustain WASH infrastructure and services, with a marked impact on rural areas.

In some provinces of Vietnam, up to 55% of community managed water systems fail. Poorly installed water systems waste scarce resources and force families to spend a great deal of time and a large portion of their incomes obtaining water. They also suffer from health consequences when drinking contaminated water is the only option.

Thrive Networks’ Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid 2 (CHOBA 2) program illustrates how PPPs scale the delivery of WASH services in Vietnam, having completed more than 24,000 hygienic latrines in five provinces. CHOBA 2 brought together the following critical elements, all of which demonstrate a unique and critical mobilization of local communities, which supports the program in its goal of sustainability.

  • Local mobilizers act as catalysts to engender demand.
    • Thrive Networks trains members of the Vietnam Women’s Union to educate households about the health benefits of clean water and promote hygienic latrines.
  • These mobilizers recruit local businesses and hardware vendors to supply affordable materials, building vital, supply-chain partnerships.
    • VWU mobilizers operating at the village level autonomously create an extensive and vibrant market opportunity for local businesses.
  • Thrive Networks’ staff and local mobilizers consult to develop a customer review platform for water and sanitation products and services.
    • Transparency gives consumers choice and places them in control.
  • Thrive Networks verifies the results after implementation.
  • The project reimburses participating households a portion of the price of the system.
  • Pay sellers and the VWU mobilize a commission when they reach target installation goals.
  • Thrive Networks shares research and feedback with government agencies to update the regulatory environment so that the rules are clear and the private sector is not discouraged by a high-risk environment.

Under innovative PPP models, public investment is economically efficient and implemented with transparency while maximizing social welfare for households and supporting the financial sustainability of local enterprises.

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