A Governance Approach to Urban Water Public–Private Partnerships: Case Studies and Lessons from Asia and the Pacific

Publication | March 2022

This publication explores lessons from case studies on the governance of public–private partnerships (PPPs) in the water and sanitation sector in Asia and the Pacific.

  • US$24.00 (paperback)

It aims to support governments and private practitioners in meeting the challenge of providing universal access to water and sanitation in the region's fast-growing cities. The report suggests three key areas for action. First, governments can establish a water governance framework supported by capable public institutions, a buoyant revenue regime, and transparent targeted subsidies. Second, they can develop the enabling environment through a sector-specific PPP strategy, rigorous project preparation, and a sound fiscal framework. Third, they can embed transaction design that incorporates bankability, balanced risk allocation, efficient and competitive procurement, and clear performance metrics linked to payment.


  • Executive Summary
  • Asia’s Urban Water and Sanitation Context
  • Emerging Trends from Asia’s Water Public–Private Partnerships
  • Insights from Select Public–Private Partnership Cases
  • Three Pivots to Scale Water Public–Private Partnerships and Their Impact
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

  • Governance and public sector management
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • 56
  • 8.5 x 11
  • SPR220100
  • 978-92-9269-413-5 (print)
  • 978-92-9269-414-2 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9269-415-9 (ebook)

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