A sustainable business model for developing public – private partnership

FEDS: From NGO to For – Profit

A sustainable business model for developing public – private partnership

As internship thesis, Stefanie Simon has worked on developing a business plan for FINISH, which will guarantee sustainability of the project after the end of the project period in spring 2016. She presented this business plan at WASTE successfully on July 9th, 2013.

The project period of the FINISH programme ends in spring 2016, yet the programme is supposed to continue its operations and continue its activities.

Paradigm Public – private partnership

After the end of the programme period, FINISH Society will continue existing as a registered non profit organization, which will mainly continue its current activities. Additionally, a for- profit distribution and marketing company will be set up. The proposed name for this entity is FINISH Enterprise for Development and Services (FEDS). This business plan developed by Stefanie serves as template to point out a direction and find a solution for how to make FINISH, a sanitation development project, sustainable after the duration of the official project period.

Development projects such as FINISH need to be sustainable, financially as well as from a social perspective.  A focus on a sustainability strategy from the beginning of the initial project period is crucial to success of the implementation of a sustainable project that has tangible impact on the situation.

FINISH Society will mostly continue with its current activities, while FEDS will take on revenue – generating services, which will mainly be:

  1. Offer  market channels / entry points for corporates
  2. Distribution of micro - finance products (commission model, e.g. health and life insurance)
  3. Revenue through recycling of human waste (e. g. biogas)
  4. Enter as producer/ distributor of products or services on vertical supply chain (e. g. construction materials and negotiations on discounts for such as for cement, sanitation products )
  5. Offer consultancy services related to sustainable solid waste management

Revenue generated by the activities carried out need to cover costs of the company; profits will partly be spent on FINISH Society, which will continue with its activities.

The business model of FINISH serves as unprecedented role model for a public – private – partnership development.

More information on this model can be obtained from Valentin Post (