PPPLab Newsletter #04
In this newsletter:
  1. Welcome to our fourth newsletter!
  2. Editorial by PPPLab's Jan Ubels 'the public P'
  3. Events and collaborations where have we been and who have we met?
  4. Invitation PPP Canvas Workshop for a snapshot of your inclusive business
  5. Learning events 2016 PPPCafé & Regional Workshop East Africa
  6. Interview: Priyo Budi Asmoro on high premium rice in Central Java, Indonesia
  7. Resource corner on the PPPLab website with recommended PPP publications 
  8. Interview: Jeroen van der Sommen on mobile monitoring of WASH service delivery in Ghana and beyond
  9. Interesting reads recommended PPP reads for you

1. Welcome to the fourth PPPLab newsletter! 

2015 has been an interesting year and with this fourth newsletter we would like to give you an update on what we have come across in the past months, what we are working on and looking ahead towards 2016. We at PPPLab wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!


2. Editorial by PPPLab's Jan Ubels

In PPP instruments introduced over the last few years – like FDOV, FDW, Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) and Ghana WASH Window – much attention and discussion has gone to the way that the private sector can best be engaged. And rightly so, because a main purpose of these instruments has been to bring public and private finance and energy much more directly together in addressing development problems. Engaging private sector in this way has been new and many lessons are being learning ‘as we speak and work’.

Recently however another issue has been tabled for further scrutiny. That is the engagement of the public sector! It is broadly acknowledged that engagement of public actors can be essential in making PPPs a success. The public actors can adopt and promote new solutions, sharpen policies, adapt regulations, install improved financing arrangements, promote public awareness, etc. Read more.


3. Events and collaborations

PPPLab workshop at the Partos Connected Development festival

How to make a snapshot of your PPP? The PPPLab has attempted to provide an answer to this question and has, together with BoP Inc and REBEL Group, developed the PPP Canvas. Based on the Business Model Canvas, a well-known and often used strategic management and entrepreneurial tool, the PPP Canvas has some additional elements that describe the social value of a PPP. The PPP Canvas can be used to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot PPP business models.

In the past few weeks the PPPLab has experimented with this tool by giving a number of workshops to practitioners in the field of PPPs or in partnerships with the private sector. The first workshop was held on November 12th at the Connected Development festival of Partos, the Dutch association for ngo's working in international development. This association represents 120 Dutch development organisations that work in the field of poverty reduction, humanitarian aid, human rights and sustainable development. In the workshop some 20 participants were present of which the majority works within PPPs and/or in partnerships with the private sector. Read more. 

PPP Canvas workshop at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

The second workshop on the PPP Canvas was a full day on November 26th and was done with the staff from RVO active in different PPP instruments. During the session the participants could practice with using the PPP Canvas and applying it to real PPP cases. A general point of reflection in the group was that by using the PPP Canvas tool and exploring the different segments and their interrelation, the core logic of the PPP becomes more clear and manageable. A comment that was made by one of the participants underscores this: ‘Ngo’s and companies need this tool to map their business model, even if they don’t know it yet!’

In the coming months the PPPLab will organise more workshops to work with the canvas. More information can be found in this newsletter.

Results4Development (R4D) programme East Africa 

Results4Development (R4D) is an initiative financed by Rockefeller Foundation in order to collect innovative initiatives in two regions: East Africa (orchestrated by Millennium Water Alliance) and India (orchestrated by DASRA). The program wants to give a boost to selected innovations on business models and business concepts in further scaling, sharing knowledge and insights, and have them available as best practices for a larger region. A first inventory of main barriers for scaling up addressed four main issues. Shaping Theory of Change, human resources management and capacity building, monitoring, and last but not least… funding.

The first R4D workshop in East Africa was held on November 10th in Nairobi, where PPPLab’s Sjef Ernes of Aqua for All was invited to facilitate the fourth block on funding. Read more.

Inclusive Agribusiness Southeast Asia Roundtable in Vietnam

At the end of September 2015 some 120 senior practitioners at the forefront of inclusive approaches in Southeast Asia to engage smallholder farmers in value chains came together for a two-day workshop. This Roundtable on Inclusive Agribusiness in Southeast Asia, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 23–24 September 2015, included business leaders, key development practitioners, policy makers and research experts, largely from Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. 

Five cross-cutting themes were identified through interviews prior to the workshop as key issues in the region: 1) Delivering impact at scale; 2) Integrating women in inclusive agribusiness; 3) Enabling policies for inclusive agribusiness; 4) Securing finance for smallholders; 5) Inclusive business models. The workshop took all these findings into four country sessions, to identify priorities and champions at that level to make inclusiveness a more compelling choice. These fed back into a dozen key knowledge issues that were unpacked in several world café’s. Together they form an appealing knowledge and action agenda for the region. Topics included public-private partnerships. Read more.

4. Invitation PPP Canvas Workshop

"How to make a snapshot of your inclusive business?"

Are you involved in a PPP and would you like to get better grip on the business model within it? Join one of the workshops organized by PPPLab in which you will learn to use the PPP Canvas. Read more about the canvas here.

So far PPPLab has applied the tool to selected FDOV/ FDW PPPs and it appears to work very well. PPPLab would like to further validate and – if needed - fine tune the tool on basis of real-life cases. We offer you the opportunity to learn how to apply the PPPCanvas to your own case in a one day workshop.

The workshop will be 'hands-on': step-by-step participants will be filling out the various fields of the canvas for their own PPP. The PPP Canvas will be explained and used by the participants, so that a good understanding will be formed of the possibilities (and limitations) of the tool. This implies that the workshop will provide a better grip on what a good business model entails and the added value and characteristics of development focused PPPs. Participants will get the chance to apply the tool to their own PPP. This will make the workshop directly relevant to your own case.
The workshop should provide participants with sufficient basis to use the tool independently with their partners in future. Participants will also be invited to provide feedback to the PPPLab on the usefulness of the tool and possible ways to strengthen it. 

The workshop will take a full day. It would be useful to join the workshop with partners from your consortium (and you could also consider including your RVO case manager), but this is not a requirement. Two sessions will be organized; you can choose between 21 and 28 January 2016. Venue will likely be in The Hague. These initial two workshops will be free of costs. Stakeholders active in an existing FDOV or FDW project will get priority, but also other actors in the field of PPPs are welcome and will be treated on a first come, first serve basis.

For readers who are not based in the Netherlands, please be informed that PPPLab will come to the field in 2016 with regional workshops where the PPP Canvas will also be on the agenda.

If you are interested, please send an email to In your email, please indicate the following details: name(s) of the participant(s) with organization(s), preferred date (21 or 28 January 2016) and which FDOV/ FDW project you represent (if any). 
5. Learning events 2016 


Many partnerships are entering their second year, years of rich experience, trial and error and adjustments. At the PPPLab we notice a growing interest to reflect with others on the issues and potential of working in partnerships. In 2016 we are therefore expanding the spaces where such dialogue can take place.

Join us February 25th for the first of four PPPCafés in the Netherlands during the year. These venues are to put forward individual cases for collective reflection, to inspire each other with interesting examples, to have frank discussions on common themes and PPP policy. Informal and open in atmosphere, we look forward to having friendly and sharp debates that helps us all further in our thinking. The gatherings are open to all FDOV and FDW partners, as well as outsiders interested in PPPs in food and water domains. We look forward to drawing in contributions from businesses leading PPPs, researchers digging deep, policy makers shaping public engagement, farmers wanting changes in their conditions.

Timing and venue: Thursday February 25th 2016. 14.30h-16.30h for structured dialogue, from 16.30h with a drink. New World Campus, Spaarneplein 2 in the Hague. We will send you a detailed program in January.

Regional workshop East Africa

We also want to make it easier to have face-to-face exchanges for those working in PPPs on the ground all over the world. For that we will organise two regional workshops that will be places to co-create tools to improve partnership performance and understanding, have well-designed exchanges of experience, be informed on recent thinking on partnerships and generally build a community of kindred souls. 

Each workshop will be two days. The focus will partly come from priorities expressed by PPP partners in the region, partly from work being carried out by the PPPLab. We are looking to design and implement the workshops with a local partner. If you are interested in investing your own time to lead exchanges among PPPs in your region, get in touch. The PPPLab will support on design, content and facilitation of the workshops.

Participation will be open to all PPPs under FDOV and FDW, call 1 and 2. Depending on content topics specific actor groups will be invited such as local or regional governments, sector organisations, etc.

Timing and venue: First half of April 2016, probably Kenya or Tanzania for the first event. The second event will take place in October/November.

6. Interview: Priyo Budi Asmoro (FDOV rice Indonesia)

In Indonesia the demand for rice is increasingly growing, while the production area is decreasing. With 240 million people and a population growth rate of 1.7%, food security and agricultural development are main issues for the country. Shortage of rice drives the prices up in the market. Many Indonesian farmers produce rice of low quality. Free trade in the ASEAN region is threatening local rice farmers, since rice from e.g. Thailand and Vietnam is often of better quality for a lower price. Their position in the supply chain is weak, and therefore they face difficulties to get into new markets. The existing business organisations of rice farmers, are not functioning well, since they lack financial and marketing capabilities. Moreover, women’s work in harvesting and post-harvesting is all heavy hand-labour and largely unpaid.

In order to address these challenges in Central Java, a number of organisations have joined hands. In a partnership they will motivate, train and coach 10,000 farmers in Central Java to produce high premium rice for the Indonesian market, use certified seeds and organic fertilizers and pesticides. PPPLab’s Marleen Brouwer spoke with Priyo Budi Asmoro (project manager) of ICCO Cooperation South East Asia (ICCO Cooperation SEA) about this PPP which received funding under the second call of FDOV. Read more.


7. Resource corner on the PPPLab website

We like to proudly announce that PPPLab’s Resource Corner is now online! To help you find up-to-date and relevant literature to learn more about PPPs in food and water, we have made good reading more easily accessible with the Resource Corner. This online library contains the latest publications regarding PPPs, which range from in-depth case studies from international development organisations like the World Bank and IFAD, to academic articles discussing the latest lines of thought about PPP related concepts. The Resource Corner can be found on our website under 'Resources' and has search and filter functions which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Of course, feedback and suggestions for new articles are welcome!


8. Interview Jeroen van der Sommen (FDW mobile monitoring Ghana)

In Ghana, as in many countries, there is a shift from investment in water and sanitation infrastructure only towards investment in service delivery. Effective monitoring with continuous, reliable data of the functionality of rural water and sanitation facilities is an important element to ensure sustainable service delivery to the communities.

Ghana is the pioneer country for the innovative programme for mobile monitoring called SMARTerWASH, implemented and managed though a PPP. PPPLab’s Matilda Rizopulos spoke with Jeroen van der Sommen, director of the non-profit technology organisation Akvo, the provider of the open source mobile monitoring software element of the PPP. This PPP received funding under the first call of FDW.
Read more.

9. Interesting reads
The PPPLab would like to share the following interesting reads and resources on PPPs with you:
We always welcome your ideas for PPP research and exchange activities! Please get in touch via our website.

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