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Module 2 - 04
Collecting Information

4.1 What types of information are required?
4.2 How is the information collected?
4.3 Who collects the information?
4.4 Using information (what is needed and when?)
4.5 What are the underlying issues to keep in mind?
Further Guidance

Key Questions:

Is the legal and regulatory framework conducive for private sector participation?
What utilities and/or agencies are responsible for various services?
What is the state of the utilities and/or providing agencies?
How do the poor perceive the levels and quality of service?
Does the local private sector have the capacity to provide services?

Related Tools:

01 Starting Out
02 Strategic Planning
03 Planning and Organising
09 Identifying Partners

Preparation Stage – Collecting Information

4.4 Using information (what is needed and when?)

The information collected from various sectors can be used during the analysis and planning stages of developing the PPP. This information also needs to be conveyed to the potential partners by a champion, who might originate from within either of the (public or private sector) parties to the partnership.
The information collected can be used for the processes outlined below.

1. Identification of problems that need to be solved.

This stage identifies the weaknesses within the services currently being provided by the municipality. The information needed to identify problems includes:

  • an assessment of the performance of the utility/agency; and
  • an assessment of consumer perceptions.

2. Overview of existing political, legislative and legal framework

This will help to determine if the existing framework supports private sector participation and the areas that require modification.


3. Identification of key stakeholders…

… that support and those who are likely to oppose private sector participation. This information will highlight:

  • processes and policies that may be put in place to meet stakeholders’ concerns; and
  • procedures that can be put in place to minimise the risk of political interference.
4. Study of implications of increased coverage and service levels for the tariffs that consumers will pay.

For this, the information needed includes:

  • assessment of the performance of the utility (coverage area, service levels, cost of service provision and tariffs);
  • appraisal of the efficiency of the private sector to perform better than the utility, but without increasing tariffs greatly; and
  • analysis of consumers’ willingness and ability to pay for improved services.
5. Assessment of viability of the assets of the utility/agency.

This information will be used to determine if the utility’s existing assets are good enough to form the basis for long-term private sector participation.






  S T A R T P A G E  
  Module 1 - Before PPPs  
  01-Starting Out  
  02-Strategic Planning  
  Module 2 - Preparation Stage  
  03-Planning & Organising  
  04-Collecting Information  
  Module 3 - PPP Development Stage  
  05-Identifying Constraints  
  06-Defining Objectives  
  07-Defing Parameters (Scope)  
  08-Establishing Principles  
  09-Identifying Partners  
  10-Establishing Partnership  
  11-Selecting Options  
  12-Financing (Investment)  
  13-Financing (Cost Recovery)  
  14-Preparing Business Plans  
  15-Regulating the PPP  
  Module 4 - Implementation  
  16-Tendering & Procurement  
  17-Negotiating & Contracting  
  18-Managing PPPs  
  19-Monitoring & Evaluation  
  20-Managing Conflict  
  21-Capacity Development  
  Contact Information