Multistakeholder Partnerships in the Water and Sanitation Sector within Urban Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), an estimated 7% of urban Latin Americans lack access to clean water and another 13%, to sanitation services.

This project aims to understand how different institutional arrangements (multistakeholder partnerships) can or could be tailored to respond to the need for water and sanitation services in urban Latin America. Working with partners and stakeholders, researchers will analyze the context in six urban areas to identify what makes some more successful than others. Workshops will be held to validate local findings and to improve the often contentious dialogue between stakeholders at the local level. Primary stakeholders and influential actors will come together in a learning activity (regional workshop) for the purpose of critical and constructive analysis.

The project is expected to provide guidelines and training materials for the establishment of multistakeholder partnerships for water and sanitation systems in low-income urban and periurban areas.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, October 6, 2008

End Date

Friday, April 6, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ubal Giordano, Walter

Total funding

CA$ 347,400


North and Central America, South America, West Indies


Climate Change

Project Leader

Tracey Keatman


Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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