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Public Private Partnerships and the Poor - Private Sector Participation and the Poor, Part 3 - Regulation

Series Editor: M. Sohail

Halcrow Management Sciences / Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University

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Introduction and context

  1. Statement

    This report by has examined a number of projects and drawn upon our experience of regulation and PSP in the water sector. We have attempted to detail the role of the regulator and identify recurring themes in relation to regulation and the poor. We do not attribute findings to any specific project or contract, and highlight the shortcomings not as criticisms, but in the interest of sharing of knowledge and improving services to the poor in the long run.

  2. Background

    This report is a continuation of reports entitled ‘PSP Strategy and the poor’ in April 2000, which identified the principal stages of PSP involvement in the water sector, and examined the key themes in servicing the poor that arise at the planning stage. Another report ‘Private Sector Participation and the Poor: 2 – Implementation’ looked at the procurement and implementation stages of PSP contracts, and identified the key themes and constraints faced in putting PSP arrangements into place. It discussed the ability to accommodate pro-poor issues in their work, contrasted water services with other sectors that have secured better access to the poor and identified the additional resources required to promote pro-poor issues.

    This report is the third in this sequence and examines the regulation of water servcies with particular relevance to the poor. It therefore completes a set of three reports that together cover the three principal steps of planning, implementation and regulation of PSP water service delivery

  3. Future Dialogue

    The purpose of this report is to create a framework for future dialogue, as we believe it is essential for this project to include the views and experiences of a wider audience, in order to further the understanding of regulation and to benefit the poor.

    Furthermore, unlike the stages for planning and developing strategy and procuring services through contract, the regulation of PSP arrangements has no fixed short-term delivery date. It is an on-going and evolving process and we structure this report to reflect this reality.

    To promote the communication of ideas, this report includes a number of questions, firstly in Section 3 relating to practical experiences in setting up regulation in a lowincome environment, but principally Section 5 where we set key questions for feedback.

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