in water: Toward a new generation of projects?
Philippe Marin and Ada Karina Izaguirre
Gridlines No. 14, Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory
Facility (PPIAF), Sept 2006.
In the water sector of developing countries the investment boom of the late 1990s
has been followed by declining investment flows and the cancellation or distress
of several high-profile projects. Enthusiasm has been replaced by doubts. But recent
data paint a more nuanced picture. Activity in 2005 suggests that private participation
in the water sector is entering a new phase. New private activity is focusing on
smaller projects, a few countries, and bulk facilities. Contractual arrangements
involving utilities are combining private operation with public financing. And new
players are entering the market.
Private Water Projects: Investment Flows Up By 36 Percent in 2004
Ada Karina Izaguirre and Catherine Hunt
Public Policy Journal No. 297, the World Bank, July 2005
Drawing on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure Project Database,
this Note reviews developments in the water and sewerage sector of developing countries
in 2004 and changes in private participation in the sector since 2001. Data for
2004 show that total investment in water and sewerage projects with private participation
amounted to nearly US$2 billion. Recent private activity in water was concentrated
in a few countries and focused on treatment plants and smaller projects.
Participation in the Water and Sewerage Sector: Recent Trends
Gisele Silva, Nicola Tynan, Yesim Yilmaz
Public Policy Journal No. 147, the World Bank, August 1998.
By the end of 1997, more than US$25 billion was committed to water and sewerage
projects with private participation in 35 developing countries. Shows the overwhelming
dominance of concession contracts compared with divestitures, greenfield projects,
and management contracts, and that there are still only a few international companies
sponsoring and operating most contracts.