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The Partnership Paperchase: Structuring Partnership Agreements in Water and Sanitation in Low-income Communities

Evans, BE, McMahon, J and Caplan, K (2005) The Partnership Paperchase: Structuring Partnership Agreements in Water and Sanitation in Low-income Communities. Report. Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation , London, UK.

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Abstract

Tripartite partnerships between water utilities, local government and civil society are often seen as a good way to deliver services to informal urban communities and slums. However, while these 'partnerships' can be seen as benign relationships, they often fail because the incentives and interests of the partners are not well aligned. In this report, the authors argue that the development of robust documentation (in forms which consitute a 'contractual' agreement) can enhance the performance of such partnerships. Aspects of the partnership which should be included in such documentation include roles and responsibilities, financing, objectives and indicators of success and dispute-resolution mechanisms. The report provides practical guidance and examples of good practice to guide the reader through a process of developing such documentation.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation. Reproduced with permission from the copyright holder.
Keywords: civil society, accountability, public, Water, Sanitation, private, contracts, partnerships
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Inst for Pathogen Control Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2011 12:13
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 16:26
Published Version: http://www.bpdws.org/
Status: Published
Publisher: Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42857

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