The PPP-ISWM initiative is a multi-year programme implemented by the UNDP Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) in partnership with WASTE. The main objective of the programme is to promote sustainable, self-supporting partnerships between micro and small enterprises and local authorities who, over time, improve lives and livelihoods of poor people in cities and municipalities of low-income countries. The mechanism is to support the formation and operation of new enterprise-municipal cooperation in solid waste management and recycling systems. The programme is specifically formulated to contribute in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), notably goals 1 and 7 (targets 9, 10 and 11) through supporting multi-stakeholders public-private partnerships (PPP) with the methodology of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM).
With a two-year extension, the programme will now finish at the end of 2012. In its last two years, the focus is on supporting the young PPPs in six countries to function, to make money for the enterprises, and to become sustainable. One of the PPPs will graduate in early 2011, the micro-franchising and recycling PPP in Managua, Nicaragua. The rest are facing the challenge of evolving to sustainable partnerships.