Institutional dynamics training program

To have a more precise knowledge of the institutional stakeholders, the actions to be undertaken at the institutional level and the strong constraints that frame them


The AgroParisTech Chair “SUEZ – General Management of Urban Water and Sanitation Services” through its EXECUTIVE MASTER “Water for All” – OpT offers short courses composed of 16 modules.

Their duration varies from 1 to 4 days.

They can be grouped by Thematic Unit such as Service Economics/Customers and Operations/Governance and Institutional or Innovations.

NEW in 2023: a training course 100% dedicated to sanitation!

These short courses applied to the world of water and sanitation will enable you to acquire more knowledge and know-how on subjects specific to your water and/or sanitation utility, or to the sector in the broadest sense.

They are given in French or in English.

The teaching is done by professionals with at least 10 years of international experience in the field.

Customized training courses (water/sanitation/management) can be offered upon request. These can take place in France or abroad or in your company.

For whom?

For professional from water and/or sanitation services
  • Executive Directors
  • Head of services
  • Operational Directors
  • Financial Directors
  • Executive Officers
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Project managers

Training benefits

The AgroParisTech – SUEZ Chair offers specific training courses dedicated to urban water and wastewater services. They bring together experts in the sector and are open to any professional in these services.

Come and learn about the management of the governance of your city, water and/or sanitation company or simply of your department


Introduction to the legal rules that organize the water and sanitation services


Enlightening on the multiple organizational choices available in the water and sanitation sector


Raising awareness of the benefits, costs and constraints of these organizational choices

training benefits


To have a more precise knowledge of the institutional stakes, of the actions to be undertaken at the institutional level and of the strong constraints that frame them.

Introduce the main tools for analyzing institutions with regard to network infrastructures, particularly water and sanitation.

Familiarize participants, from their different contexts, with the main formal rules that organize the water and sanitation sectors (in particular legal rules).

To shed light on the multiple organizational choices available (public provision, public-private partnerships, competitive bidding for the market or on the market, privatization) based on feedback.

Make participants aware of the benefits, costs and constraints of these various solutions.

Content of the training program:

The emphasis at each stage will be on the knowledge of the participants to feed the analytical framework and the debates:

  • Legal framework: the rules of the game in the context of network infrastructure and public procurement
  • The regulatory framework: a comparative approach
  • The forces driving change in these rules
  • Institutional issues specific to the water and sanitation sectors (decentralization, delegation, control and enforcement)
  • The different ways in which these services are organized in different institutional settings
  • How to assess performance beyond the usual criteria (price, quantity, quality), in particular taking into account what is “socially acceptable” and “politically feasible”

Acquired skills:

  • Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of regulatory institutions and basic knowledge of microeconomics
  • At the end of these four days, the participants should have a more precise knowledge of the institutional stakes, the actions to be undertaken at the institutional level and the strong constraints that frame them


  • De Mariz, C.-C. Ménard-B.Abeillé (2014), Public procurement reforms in Africa Challenges in Institutions and Governance. Oxford University Press -chapter 5,9, 10 and conclusion
  • Ménard, C. (2013) Is public-private partnership obsolete in 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: 152- 174.


Dr Marine COLON is a water and environmental engineer, and has been a lecturer-researcher at AgroParisTech and the UMR Gestion de l’Eau, Acteurs, Usages (UMR G-EAU) since 2014. She specialises in the management of public water and sanitation services. This specialization was achieved through 6 years of experience in public consulting to water and sanitation utilities in France, and research work. In 2014, she defends a thesis in management sciences on the reform of water and sanitation services in Uganda and Phnom Penh at AgroParisTech, within the UMR G-EAU (based in Montpellier). This work was partly funded by the Suez ParisTech Water for All Chair. Her career has led her to conduct projects in Burkina Faso, India, Uganda and Cambodia. Her research work focuses on institutional change and the development of performance management tools in the sector. Since 2017, she has been in charge of the observatory of competition in the water services concession market in France on behalf of the Agence Française de la Biodiversité (French Biodiversity Agency).

She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale du Génie des Eaux et de l’Environnement de Strasbourg (France, 2002) and the University of Southampton (UK, 2002) with a specialization in project management in developing countries. She then trained in public policies in the fields of water, agriculture and forestry at AgroParisTech (2010) and trained in public management research at the University of Nanterre in close collaboration with ESCP-Europe and CGS MinesParisTech (2011).

Claude MÉNARD is Professor (Emeritus) of Economics at the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (CNRS) and Senior Research Associate at Delft University of Technology and CORS, University of São Paulo. Prior to joining the Sorbonne, he taught and held research positions in Canada (his home country) and the Netherlands, and was a visiting professor at many foreign universities. He has published several books and numerous articles in leading international journals on the economics of organizations and institutions, on regulation, and on the economics of infrastructure (a list of publications is available at

He has also worked frequently for public and international organizations, particularly with the Canadian and French governments, as well as with the World Bank and the OECD, on issues of governance, infrastructure development, and public contracting. In this context, he has been called upon to carry out numerous expert missions in Africa, the Americas and, less frequently, in Asia.


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