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Collaborating with both public and private stakeholders is increasingly important in ensuring that the needs of target groups, the socio-economic environment and institutional settings are all taken into account. These public-private partnerships realise sustainable impact all over the world.

Simavi happily embraces the new opportunities arising from the combination of aid and trade: they address development challenges and create sustainable socio-economic solutions. As a nexus between governments, NGOs, research and learning institutions, the private sector and local communities, Simavi creates synergy and promotes the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and experience. Our partnership strategy is simple: partners should complement each other and bring in their own expertise and networks to create extra added value.

Private sector

Private sector partnerships – with local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and larger companies in The Netherlands – are becoming increasingly significant in the way Simavi works. These collaborations create opportunities to leverage more funding and increase the scale of our work: the private sector provides technical solutions, products and services that can increase access to WASH and SRHR; Simavi raises demand in local communities and ensures that services are accessible, affordable and meet the needs of the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).

Simavi builds the capacity of local SMEs (WASH kiosks, sanitation entrepreneurs, health promoters/distributors) and enlists Dutch or local entrepreneurs to provide direct services, build capacity for our local partners, and strengthen an enabling environment for providing those services.

Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

In addition to successfully managing and participating in strategic alliances, we are involved in several partnerships with the private sector and governments, including the following examples:

In Uganda, together with HealthyEntrepreneurs, Uganda NGO Emesco and Kibaale District Health Office, Simavi will roll-out a district-wide innovative business model for improving SRHR knowledge and increasing access to essential quality medicines and health products.

In Kenya, we work with our Swedish partners PeePoo to provide a user and environment friendly sanitation solution in Nairobi’s largest slum area.

In Bangladesh, we work with Vitens Evides International (VEI) and a local drinking water company to develop a low-income community strategy for achieving an integrated drinking water approach and increase access to clean drinking water in Dhaka and Bandung.

Alliances and consortia

We collaborate in alliances to create added value and enhance effectiveness, as well extend programme strategies and core activities. Simavi participates in the SRHR Alliance, Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) and the Dutch WASH Alliance. In addition to these on-going programmes, we also play an active role in Football for Water, SDC MKAJI, GNWP, SHAW and, most recently, the WASH IT! programme.

Local partners

A broad network of local partners is key to successful project management. It allows us to address the diversity and complexity of the local contexts in which our programmes are initiated.

Together with local partners we work on project management (including monitoring and evaluation), policy influencing, and technical assistance (to enhance knowledge). We contribute to an enabling environment to ensure the community’s demands are voiced to key regional, national and international stakeholders and decision-makers.

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