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Title: An Exploratory Study on Regulatory Policies Governing Private Sector Participation in the Peri-urban Sanitation Market in Ghana
Authors: Abaidoo, Robert C.
Nimoh, F.
Poku, K.
Ohene-Yankyera, K.
Konradsen, F.
Keywords: Sanitation
Private-sector participation
Regulatory policies
Peri-urban Ghana
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Business Management Dynamics
Citation: Business Management Dynamics Vol.3, No.2, Aug 2013, pp.01-06
Abstract: Generally, poor sanitation is considered as a serious health risk which affects billions of people around the world, particularly the poor in developing countries. Due to the shortfall in supply of improved sanitation by governments, it has been proposed to increase the role of the private sector in the provision of sanitation services. The interest and performance of the private sector in the sanitation market however requires an induced demand by households and the availability of the necessary infrastructure for effective service delivery, as well as appropriate regulatory policies that minimize the wide scale dominance of the local government in the provision and management of sanitation. This paper primarily explores regulatory policies that can ensure effective and efficient private sector participation in the peri-urban sanitation market in Ghana. The paper also examines the trend in sanitation development in Ghana; the suitability of current sanitation regulatory policies in peri-urban Ghana; and the possible forms of private sector engagement in sanitation service delivery. Based on the review of literature, this paper concludes that private sector participation in sanitation service delivery can take several forms: full privatization/divestiture; partial private-sector; co-operative; and informal sector provision. Whatever the arrangement, it is important for governments to ensure proper recognition, dialogue, facilitation/collaboration, contracting and regulation. Effective regulatory policies that consider community-based organizations, the professional and trade associations, and consumers as 'watch groups' are considered as very important for sustainable sanitation. The choice of regulatory instruments should however be based on a comparative assessment of the trade-offs between effectiveness, ease of implementation and costs and benefits.
Description: An article published by Business Management Dynamics Vol.3, No.2, Aug 2013, pp.01-06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9400
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