Partnerships for Innovation in Access to Basic Services: Five case estudies

This document summarizes the key findings from a case study research project carried out for the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, by the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre/Technical University of Madrid.

A key challenge of this publication is to find ways of ensuring that basic services reach those for whom access is limited by structural inequalities such as spatial distribution and geographical location, socioeconomic background, and educational, racial or gender disparities.

The five initiatives chosen for this study include four models from Latin America and, with a view to transnational learning and comparison with another region, a model from South Africa which has received international acclaim for its innovative municipal approach to water and sanitation delivery.

The case studies also analyze the role of the different partners, highlight the 4P innovations developed (Product, Process, Position and Paradigm), and assess their financial and operational sustainability.

In order to understand their potential for replication and scale-up, attention is given to how far each model has become institutionalized and the identification of key success factors.


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