City, Country: Vientiane Capital, Laos
French partner submitting the project description: Syndicat des Eaux d’Ile-de-France Water Trade Union (SEDIF drinking water service for the greater metropolitain Paris Area)
Project Owner: Department of Housing and Public Planning (DHUP) of the Laotian Ministry of Public works and Transport (MPWT)
French partners: Gret, Syndicat des Eaux d’Ile-de-France Water Trade Union (SEDIF drinking water service for the greater metropolitain Paris Area), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seine-Normandy Water Agency, Aquassistance, French Agency for Development (AFD), City of Paris
Foreign partners: Laotian Department of Public Works Development Strategy and Transportation(DPWT), Water Supply Regulatory Program Office (WASRO), AusAid, UN Habitat
Dates of project: 2004-2017
A few words on the project…
Background or General project description
The Mirep project concerns 19 small towns (between 2,000 and 13,000 residents) in semi-rural areas in Laos. These towns lack the necessary infrastructure for drinking water. These residents rely on rudimentary water supply systems that deliver contaminated water. The Mirep program will mobilize local entrepreneurs within a contractual framework to co-fund, build and manage the water services.
Consequently, the main challenge is to expand these towns’ access to water via a local entrepreneurship project.
The MIREP project proposes to mobilize local entrepreneurs in a contractual framework to co-finance, build and manage water services.
In order to do so, the program provides :
(i) support to public authorities in the preparation and monitoring of outsourcing contracts ;
(ii) technical assistance to design firms for the design of water and sanitation infrastructure adapted to the socio-economic conditions of these semi-urban areas ;
(iii) financial support in the form of provincial investment funds (OBA subsidy) and a meso-credit mechanism dedicated to delegated contractors (with a partial guarantee fund).
In addition, the project supports the establishment of a sanitation fund for the inhabitants of large village involved in the program, to build latrines and drainage system of sewage.
It remains to be seen in the future how to continue the contract, via which instruments, approaches, actors, etc.
Strengths of project
- Support to public authorities for the establishment of public-private partnerships ;
- Assistance to engineering firms for designing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructures ;
- Introduction of sustainable financing mechanisms through provincial investment funds ;
- Financing of a sanitation fund for residents in order to set up latrines and a wastewater disposal system.