For operational and executive directors of services Institutional Actions

Setting up action plans and monitoring their implementation in the field.

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Pour les directeurs généraux Institutional Actions

For whom

  • Executive Directors
  • Exploitation Directors
  • Financial Directors
  • Executive Officers
  • Managers

Why follow this training?

The Water for All Chair offers thematic specialized sessions.

  • They bring together industry experts and are open to any water and sanitation professional. Come and learn about the operational management of your unit and the operating processes, acquire new practices and new tools.
  • Innovate and upgrade your knowledge in the perspective of the evolution of your career. Restructure your teams and equip your employees with new practices and organizations to support the reform of the sector.
  • Lead your drinking water or sanitation service towards excellence in continuity, quality, sustainability and accessibility.

Training contents


  • Introduce the main tools for analyzing institutions in relation to network infrastructure, in particular water and sanitation.
  • Enable participants to use their different backgrounds to become familiar with the major formal rules governing the water and sanitation sectors (legal rules in particular).
  • Share the multiple organizational choices available (public procurement, public-private partnerships, competitive procurement for the market or on the market, privatization) based on feedback.
  • Inform participants of the benefits, costs and constraints that these solutions entail.


At every stage, focus is given on the knowledge of the participants, thus contributing to the analytical framework and discussions.

  • Legal framework: rules within the context of network infrastructure and public calls for tenders.
  • Regulatory framework: a comparative approach.
  • The forces that incite these rules to change
  • Institutional problems specific to the water and sanitation sectors (decentralization, delegation, supervision and enforcement of the rules)
  • The different ways of organizing these services in various institutional frameworks
  • How to assess performance beyond the usual criteria (price, quantity, quality), in particular by taking into account what is “socially acceptable” and “politically feasible”


What is expected from participants is a basic knowledge of regulatory institutions, as well as a basic knowledge of microeconomics.
At the end of the four-day course, participants have a more accurate knowledge of institutional issues, of measures to be taken at the institutional level, and of the stringent constraints imposed on them.


  • De Mariz, C.-C. Ménard-B.Abeillé (2014), Public procurement reforms in Africa: Challenges in Institutions and Governance. Oxford University Press. (Introduction and chapters 5, 9 et 10 and the conclusion)
  • Ménard, C. (2013) Is public-private partnership obsolete? P. de Vries and E. B. Yehoue, The Routledge Companion to Public-Private Partnerships, London, Routledge. Chap. 7:149-174
  • Ménard, C. and R. Maria Saleth (2013) « The Effectiveness of Alternative Water Governance Arrangements» in M. Young & C. Esau (eds.), Investing in Water for a Green Economy. Services, infrastructure, policies and management, United Nations Environment Program/Routledge, chap 8 page 152 to 174.