Gridlines share emerging knowledge on public-private partnership and give an overview of a wide selection of projects from various regions of the world. Gridlines are a publication of PPIAF (Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility), a multi-donor technical assistance facility. Through technical assistance and knowledge dissemination PPIAF supports the efforts of policy makers, nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, and others in designing and implementing strategies to tap the full potential of private involvement in infrastructure.
Thanks to a corporatization process
spanning two decades, Burkina Faso's national water and
sanitation utility ranks among the few well-managed public
water utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Key to its success
has been the government's unceasing commitment to
reform, which included the successful implementation of an
innovative performance-based service contract with an
international operator from 2001 to 2006. The experience
shows that it is possible to establish a well-performing
public water utility in a poor developing country- as long
as the governance framework ensures the autonomy and
accountability of the service provider and the government
supports the sector's long-term financial viability
through an appropriate tariff and investment policy.