Partnerships in Practice Ltd (PiP) is a UK company (number 8903016) registered in 2014 that focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of partnership approaches for sustainable development. PiP builds on the pioneering work of Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation. Some of the staff and board members of BPDWS are now part of PiP. Take a look below at who’s who!
Ken Caplan – Director
M.A. International Development, American University, USA
B.Sc. Foreign Service, International Relations and Comparative Regional Studies, Georgetown University, USA
Ken is the founder and director of PiP. Prior to setting up PiP, Ken was the Director of BPD since 2003 and the Co-ordinator of the original World Bank-DFID Business Partners for Development initiative from 1999. BPD operated as an international network of policymakers and practitioners interested in partnership approaches to service delivery.
Beyond working with a wide range of partnerships from the global to the local levels, Ken has developed a range of research programmes with related publications. These have built on analysis he has conducted on diverse WASH contexts in the developing world, from water provision through public private partnerships in Buenos Aires and Jakarta, to public toilet provision in Ghana, to a political economy analysis of sanitation services in Brazil (for the World Bank / WSP in conjunction with Oxford Policy Management (OPM)).
Ken is also a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, serving as tutor or faculty member on both open and tailored courses for senior officials from the World Bank and other organisations. Ken previously worked for 8 years in South-east Asia, including rural Thailand, Bangkok and Vietnam and has more recently conducted analysis of partnership modalities in Cambodia with the Ministry of Interior and the World Bank.
Tracey Keatman – Senior Associate
M.Sc. Development Management., The Open University, UK
B.A. (Hons.) Hispanic Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
Tracey worked with BPD from 1999, acting as Programme Director. She comes with 15 years of experience leading and evaluating programmes in the human and social development sector focusing on governance and on delivering access to basic services through multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Tracey led BPD’s research and training on network and coalition governance, performance monitoring, and institutional development / strategic learning for various organisations – working with global groups and initiatives such as WAWI / WA-WASH, WaterAid, WSSCC, FAN, WSP, WHO, RSPB, Plan, etc. In recent years, Tracey has focused on documenting and analysing WASH entrepreneurial approaches – she is also currently acting as the Coordinator of the Container Based Sanitation Alliance.
Tracey also works as an independent consultant. She previously worked in the communications industry, the public sector and for several developmental NGOs. Tracey also speaks Spanish and some French.
Kathy Taylor – Accountant
FCCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), UK
Kathy is the PiP Accountant having worked part-time for BPD since 2006. Prior to joining PiP, Kathy spent most of her career working in professional accountancy practice for many types of organisation, from small sole traders to medium-sized companies to the more specialised sectors of solicitors and charities. This has included accounts preparation and audit, ensuring organisations comply with statutory regulations in their accounting and reporting.
PiP builds on a compact, versatile and flexible team and draws on a wide and geographically diverse network of associates and partner organisations. The company practices what it preaches by using the financial services of Triodos, an ethical bank that invests only in sustainability related initiatives.