Preparation Stage – Collecting Information
4.5 What are the underlying issues to keep in mind?
Capacity and resources
Collecting information to facilitate the development of the
PPP process requires capacity that may not be readily available
in municipalities. It is important that municipal managers
keep this in mind and consider the possibility of collaborating
with other municipalities to acquire the necessary skills.
Municipal managers need to consider the following issues.
- What skills exist within the municipality that could
be used in the information gathering process?
- What are the categories and numbers of staff that will be
- Where and how can the municipality acquire the extra capacity
- How will the gap created by staff participating in the information
gathering be filled?
- Is documentation within the municipality good enough to provide
the necessary information?
- How will the process be funded? Ideally, the public sector
allocates the research money. However, the so-called
seed money is often requested as part of the donor support.
Specific poverty-related issues
Apart from collecting information on current and desirable
access to the service and willingness and ability to pay
for the service, the municipality should also look deeper
into specific poverty-related issues. For instance, income and
gender disaggregated data, or cast and race disaggregating should
be considered in the relevant situations. All this information
needs to be collected and included in the subsequent analysis.
Summary of Actions
A. Review the regulatory and institutional issues
B. Assess the state of the utility (financial, technical and
C. Conduct consumer surveys (perceptions, willingness and ability
D. Assess the present and future efficiency and capacity of
the private sector to participate in service provision
E. Identify stakeholders that support and oppose private sector