Fast Facts: Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery

01 Oct 2011

Effective delivery of basic services, particularly to the poor, is a key to success in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).  These services include safe water supply, sanitation, energy, primary education and health care.  Furthermore, statistics show that women, youth and children are most affected by the lack of access to these services.


In most developing nations, decentralization has been transferring service delivery responsibilities from central to local governments but the local authorities have often not been able to deliver on their new responsibilities due to their limited human, institutional and financial capacities. Given this context, governments have been exploring partnerships with other non-state stakeholders to better address existing service delivery challenges. UNDP's programme Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) supports developing countries in their efforts to create a conducive environment for pro-poor PPPs which increase access to basic services. By promoting inclusive partnerships between local government and various non- state actors including businesses, community groups, NGOs, Faith-Based Organizations, etc. these partnerships have proven to be empowering and effective in enhancing basic service delivery to the poor.

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