Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
This case study provides evidence of the possibilities for attracting private sector engagement in piped rural water systems, and also clearly lays out some of the on-going sustainability challenges. There is an important learning opportunity for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa to develop similar PPP schemes to address the challenges with a greater emphasis on sustainable services that evolve together with the changing demands of rural populations.
Over the past decade, the Government of Benin has made great strides to professionalize the management of piped water systems (PWS) in rural areas and small towns. Since 2007, the sector actively supported the implementation of public-private partnership (PPP) contracts for operating PWS. The sector introduced an affermage-type PPP model to connect decentralized municipalities and small-scale private operators (POs). The number of PWS managed through an affermage contract went from 1 in 2007 to 269 (57% of the total number of PWS) in 2014. These 269 PWS under affermage deliver water services to an estimated 1.7 million people (28% of the population).
Adokpo Migan, Sylvain with Tremolet Consulting. 2015. Benin - Innovative Public-Private Partnerships for Rural Water Services Sustainability: A Case Study. Water and Sanitation Program Report. Washington, DC: World Bank Group. [#2620]
Updated: November 19, 2022