Defining and Measuring Sustainability in Public-Private Water Infrastructure Partnerships in Developing Countries

Saba N. Siddiki, Anu Ramaswami, Christine Martell

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Introduction T h e concept of sustainability has become increasingly important in relation to development. This paper adds to the discourse on sustainable development by viewing sustainable infrastructure development through public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a pathway toward sustainability in developing countries. The focus in this discussion is on water infrastructure, which is a critical need in the developing world. Sustainable infrastructure development through PPPs requires a comprehensive definition against which managers and policy makers can define and measure sustainability. The objective of this paper is to provide metrics for sustainable water infrastructure development in the context of relevant science and technology as well as policy and managerial considerations. This paper argues that in today’s complex development environments, establishing sustainable infrastructure through public-private partnerships necessitates an approach whereby policy makers and stakeholders must consider the following five sustainability evaluatives: performance, economics/finance, environment, ecosystem, and socio-cultural backdrop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Private Partnerships
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317809609
ISBN (Print)9780415599245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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