Transnational public-private partnerships are transboundary alliances between public and private actors that are aimed at providing food, sanitation and water in countries like Bangladesh, India and Kenya. In the current issue of Governance, Marianne Beisheim, Andrea Liese, Hannah Janetschek and Johanna Sarre examine when these partnerships will work. Emphasizing community participation helps to build legitimacy, which increases the likelihood of success. Effective projects also allow room for tailoring of projects to local needs. Close monitoring is critical as well. Read the article.