Social entrepreneurship within the WASH system
As a result, small water enterprises therefore rely on a range of cobbled together, legally dubious, local agreements (typically with local governments).
Last week I spent an interesting couple of days talking safe (or small) water enterprises with a group of committed practitioners at Stanford University’s beautiful campus in Palo Alto.
The small water enterprises are an exciting group of dedicated social entrepreneurs who are beginning to get some real traction providing high quality water to communities not served by utilities.
It’s not that there isn’t room for the private sector to provide WASH services, it’s that the private sector faces the same systems level challenges as the public, municipal or community managed sector.
Yet few if any countries provide the legal and regulatory frameworks for small private operators to run secure concessions for this sort of time.