Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Private companies which provide a wide range of services and products within the water sector. These can be artisans, sanitation companies, manufacturers, construction contractors, consultants, drilling companies etc. and are mostly contracted by public institutions, water utilities or development organisations. When SMEs bid on a tendered contract, they are referred to as ‘bidders’ and when they are awarded the contract – during the project execution phase – they are referred to as ‘contractors’.


Hermann-Friede, J., Heeb, J. & Kropac, M., 2012, Water integrity: an opportunity for the private sector, Water Integrity Network and cewas, Germany

Last updated 29 March 2016