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.

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In some provinces of Vietnam, up to 55% of water systems fail. Poor health consequences result when people access unclean water for drinking and washing.

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.

Under the PPP-OBA engine, private operators managed their finances more prudently and provided higher quality service and higher water quality than either the cooperatives or local governments.

Thrive Networks’ Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid 2 (CHOBA 2) program has completed more than 24,000 hygienic latrines in five provinces, illustrating how PPPs scale the delivery of WASH services in Vietnam.

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.

Read more here about Thrive Networks’ on-the-ground work to deliver clean drinking water and sanitation systems.