Public-private partnerships 'have failed Africa's poor', especially in water & electricity provision

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9 February 2005

Public-Private Partnerships 'Have Failed Africa's Poor'

Author: Khulu Phasiwe, Business Day [So. Africa]

Public-private partnerships in Africa...have generally failed to provide much-needed water and electricity, a new study shows...The report, released yesterday, acknowledged successes sectors such as telecommunications, transport, ports and eco-tourism, but said that much still needed to be done to hone an effective partnership model in water and electricity provision. [refers to Vivendi Water (now Veolia Water, part of Veolia Environnement), SAUR Services (part of Bouygues), Siza (part of Bouygues)]

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1 February 2005

Working Together: Assessing Public-Private Partnerships in Africa

Author: Peter Farlam, South African Institute of International Affairs

...the record of PPPs [public-private partnerships] in Africa over the last 15 years is mixed, the process is complex, and governments should not expect PPPs to be a ‘magic bullet’... The involvement of the private sector in providing water, sanitation and electricity has been controversial. [refers to Siza Water (part of Bouygues), SAUR Services (part of Bouygues), Trans African Concessions, Umgeni Water, Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon, Vivendi Water (now Veolia Water, part of Veolia Environnement), Independent Power Tanzania, Tanesco, FirstRand Group]

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