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Private-Public Partnership within the water sector

A joint project between World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa, and the Embassy of Denmark

South Africa faces both water quality and quantity challenges now and in the future. Danish technology and know-how within the water area can contribute to finding solutions to the South African water sector (Relevant stakeholders from the water sector in Botswana and Lesotho are also eligible for the PPP programme). Denmark has experience within many areas, from pumps, water metering and irrigation, to water management systems/waste water, to mention a few.

The aim of this project is to facilitate and finance a number of public-private partnerships (PPP's) with the purpose of testing Danish technology and know-how in the South African water sector as pilot projects. The PPP projects should demonstrate new and innovative solutions to the problems facing the water sector and should, if possible and relevant, align with WWF-SA’s programme of freshwater work focused on water stewardship and water security.

A condition for obtaining support (up to 400.000 ZAR equivalent to approximately 210.000 DKK, depending on the rate on the day of transfer) is a commitment to provide documentation on impact, as well as guidelines in order to enable replication. These reports will be used for the preparation of a “best practice manual” which will be a joint WWF / SA and Danida publication, which will be distributed to all relevant stakeholders. The relevant lessons learned will also be included in a water awareness campaign, aimed at the biggest water polluters and consumers, which WWF will undertake.

Who can apply?
Danish companies in cooperation with South African partners such as private companies, as well as South African universities, the Water Research Commission and relevant South African interest organizations, will be able to apply for financial support.

How to apply?
To apply, it is required to present a brief project proposal (form enclosed on the last page) on how Danish technology and know-how can be applied in the South African water sector to address some of the challenges.

To be eligible, organizations also have to meet some criteria set by Danida. These are:

  • Proven track record in the water sector.
  • Private companies / organisations registered in Denmark and South Africa, respectively.
  • Submitted project proposal signed by both the South African and Danish Partner.
  • Willingness to document the applied method, equipment and results in writing to be used for the manual of best practice and to be published on WWF and Embassy’s web pages.
  • Willingness to submit a mid-term report including a financial statement which outlines progress in the project implementation. The mid-term report should be signed by both the Danish and South African partner.
  • Willingness to complete the project within a maximum of 12 months.
  • Willingness to submit an audited final financial statement within three months upon completion of the project.
  • The maximum funding of a project is 400.000 ZAR (equivalent to approximately 210.000 DKK, depending on the rate of the day of transfer).
  • Partners can be approved for a maximum of 2 projects.

If the proposal is approved, the funds must be managed in accordance with these guidelines: 

  • The application should clearly indicate if the Danish or the South African partner will be responsible for the funding received, including the submission of the mid-terms report as well as the financial statement upon completion (one of the partners must be financially responsible for the allocation).
  • The funds will be paid out in two instalments, 50% upon signing the PPP agreement, 40% after the submission and approval of the brief mid-term report, and 10% on submission and approval of the final reports.
  • The allocation to technical advice/equipment may vary from project to project, but it should be stated explicitly in each project allocation.
  • The maximum of the funding that can be spent on travel (flight, transport, per diem and accommodation) is 20% (economy class only).
  • Cost for accommodation can only be approved for a maximum of 1.000 ZAR per night.

Note: where the South African partner is to receive good and/or services a third party agreement needs to be signed. This is provided for review on the Danish Embassy website. When a local government authority is included in the project, the agreement will need to be approved by their executive management committee, prior to signing the contract.

The applications should be sent to and before 15 September 2014. The application form can be downloaded from the link below.

Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340