City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery (BMGF and DfID funded)

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City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery (BMGF and DfID funded)

The Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with the United Kingdom Department for International Development are seeking solutions for sustainable provision of sanitation to the urban poor. We are calling for innovative proposals to test how cities can use mechanisms such as service-level agreements and performance-based contracts with private sector partners to promote city-scale delivery of equitable and sustainable sanitation services that provide both private and public benefits.

Our primary interest is to engage with cities, primarily in the South Asian and Sub-Saharan Africa region, where there is a clear mandate to provide urban sanitation services to all (not necessarily for free) and where engagement with the private sector is not actively precluded, with a preference for cities where private public partnership is encouraged.

Proposals are being accepted online until Friday, September 13, 2013 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. A full description of the topic and application instructions and timeline is available at the link below:

RFP: www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Gene...ion-Service-Delivery

Please consider applying, share within your networks as appropriate, and/or post to your program websites for wider dissemination.

Note: If you have questions regarding this opportunity, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. While we review all inquiries, due to the large volume of questions we receive, we may be unable to respond to you personally before the close date of the call for proposals.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) have initiated a partnership to focus on solutions for the sustainable provision of sanitation to the urban poor. They are jointly seeking proposals to test how cities can use binding service-level agreements and performance-based contracts with private sector partners as way to ensure the city-scale delivery of sustainable sanitation services.

The selection of the cities will be a two-step process. In Phase 1, up to ten cities will be selected to develop an informed plan and full proposal to solicit a grant. Out of these proposals, 2-3 cities will be selected for a larger Phase 2 grant to support implementation of their proposed plan. The duration of the Phase 2 grant is expected to be 2-3 years. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are priority geographies for consideration.

Phase 1 budgets have a maximum of US$ 150,000, but no budget limits have been set yet for Phase 2.

The application deadline for proposals is 13 September 2013.

In 2012, the Gates Foundation published a study on fecal sludge management in 30 cities across 10 countries in Africa and Asia (see here: sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2012/11/...-in-africa-and-asia/ ).

For more information on the “City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery” request for proposals (RFP) go here: www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Gene...ion-Service-Delivery

Attached find the full request for proposals in PDF format.



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Re: RFP now open: City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery

I´m very happy to see this call (wondering a bit that there is no reaction), as it has always been my dream that a call like this is set up. Some time ago I wrote in forum.susana.org/forum/categories/139-ge...-challenge-rttc#1574 (scrol to 23 May 2012):

I personally would go another way than they go because I think there are ways which just need to be done as an example in scale, so I would tackle the problem from a different angle. I would do a call for the cities and water authorities... who give me the best institutional conditions to implant a non sewer based system based on a sanitation tariff, gets a funding. I think the institutional setting is one of if not THE most important aspect for a large scale project. Then I would put together a group who defines for that city a strategy and would do a bidding for the execution of the project (or I would call for ideas (2-3 groups making (paid) proposals). I would have a committee with the city and the sanitation provider to choose the most promising solution. Then I would go for implementation. It is a 3 year time frame for significant results when we shortcut by this the institutional problems which mostly undermine projects and are very time consuming. The Gates foundation has that ability. Government organizations may not, because their activities are bound to bi lateral agreements, they cannot work when the institutional does not allow work anymore.


I think it is a great chance for every city which is focused on integrated approaches for sanitation for ALL citizens.
I would be happy if it were a possibility in LA as well, but good luck to all in Africa.
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Re: RFP now open: City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery

Thanks for your note Christoph.

I'm glad the call resonates with people who are engaged directly in this work. Sorry we can't extend to your region, but we hope the lessons and examples will resonate beyond the project locations themselves.

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Re: RFP now open: City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery

Dear Alyse,

I know that the proposal from GOAL/IWA to support Freetown City Council received the go ahead. I think that Practical Action also received funding from BMGF/DFID for the proposal in Faridpur, Bangladesh.

I am interested to know which other cities were successful in receiving funding as part of this exciting programme.

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Re: RFP now open: City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery

Ah! Jonathan, you're scooping our story!

We are still finalizing agreements with a few of the teams. Please watch for a formal announcement of teams and awards in early March. We'll post here and on our website.

Thanks for your interest and stay tuned.

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Re: RFP now open: City Partnerships for Urban Sanitation Service Delivery

Dear Alyse,

Is there any news on this? Are there cities which have expressed interest but have not been included in a partnership consortium yet?

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Dear Giacomo,

Eleven cities from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, South Africa, Liberia and Uganda are selected for further study (Phase I) on urban sanitation/Fecal Sludge Management and to develop business models for better service delivery. Out of 11 cities few will be selected for further investment to demonstrate business models in urban sanitation. We will provide more information about the project once cities are successful in second phase.

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Hi Roshan,
I would be interested in some more information about the round 1. Is that possible?
Specifically I am interested in:
  • Knowing how many cities /utilities did take part in the process? This would give a little insight if the topic is in the awareness of the utilities or not.
  • How many projects were submitted with substantial help of a donor or better how many of the utilities were able to write a proposal just with local help? How many of these utilities came into the round of 11?
  • Could you tell us a bit about the proposals – it might be possible to learn something about “trends” – what do utilities see as a doable service model?
  • Of the eleven what are the focuses of these utilities – are they similar or very different one to the other?
  • Is there something you would consider – that is a brilliant new approach or is it more “put together systematically” what we more or less (should) know (which would be a very large step forward to have that in practice)?
  • And for my personal favorite. Is there a UDDT service concept as well?

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- we received 69 proposals from different cities/utilities in partnership with local NGO and consultants.

out of them 11 were selected on the basis of city and utilities commitment, their follow up project, nature of the project etc.
  • Bangladesh – Dhaka city corporation and Faridpur city
  • Nepal – Lalitpur sub metropolitan city (moderator edit on 18 Nov 2015 see here for more details: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/53-fae...ey-nepal-enpho#15937 )
  • India – Warangal, Chitradurga and three small towns in Maharastra
  • Liberia – Monrovia city corporation
  • Sierra Leone- Freetowon city
  • Uganda – Kampala city authority
  • Malawi – Blantyre city
  • South Africa - eThekwini Municipality
They are willing to try and demonstrate new service and business model for sustainable sanitation (particularly on Fecal Sludge Management) delivery. We will get more on their detail proposal which they are preparing. Of course most of the cities need local support to draft proposal and conduct study for next phase.

I will write you more once we receive second phase proposal from all 11 selected cities/utilities.

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Re: Gates Foundation-DfID partnering on sustainable sanitation for the urban poor

Hello,

I just found the "Gates Foundation-DfID partnering on sustainable sanitation for the urban poor" call for proposals. I realize there was a September 2013 deadline. Is this call still open? I work for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT),Kenya. My colleagues and I would like to write a proposal in collaboration with Machakos and Makueni towns. Please let me know if there are any openings.

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Re: Gates Foundation-DfID partnering on sustainable sanitation for the urban poor

Sorry, it is too late. Next time...!

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