Book Releases

Phnom Penh Water Story: Remarkable Transformation of an Urban Water Utility


This book analyses how a water utility from a developing country, Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, that was totally dysfunctional, corruption-ridden and literally bankrupt in 1993, became one of the most successful water utilities of the developing world in only about 15 years. By 2010, some of the performance indicators of this public sector utility were even better than London, Paris or Los Angeles. The book further analyses the enabling conditions that made this remarkable transformation possible. Based on this analysis, a framework is recommended for water utilities from developing countries so that they can also be transformed into functional, efficient, equitable and financially viable institutions on a sustainable basis.

About the Author

Asit K. Biswas is one of the world’s leading authorities on water, environment and development-related issues. A distinguished  academic, he has been an advisor and confidant to Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers in 21 countries, six Heads of United Nations Agencies, two Secretary-Generals of OECD, several Heads of bilateral aid agencies, and four CEOs or Chairmen of major MNCs. He has received numerous international awards, including Stockholm Water Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize for water. Recipient of seven Honorary Doctorates from leading global universities, he is the author of 88 books. His work has been translated into 42 languages. 

Pawan K. Sachdeva is an engineer with an MBA (alumnus IIMB) and a Master’s degree in public policy. He has consulted and researched on the performances of water utilities in many states of India, different urban centres of Cambodia, and other Asian cities. At present he is a Non-Executive Director of Water Management International Private Ltd. of Singapore. He has also been an Adjunct Professor to Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India).

Cecilia Tortajada has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD, IDRC and GIZ, and has worked in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe on water and natural resources management and environment policies. Winner of the prestigious Crystal Drop Award of the International Water Resources Association, she is also a member of the OECD Initiative on Water Governance and member of the International Selection Committee, Millennium Technology Prize, Technology Academy Finland.  She is a past President of the International Water Resources Association and Editor‐in‐Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development. She is the author and editor of more than 40 books. A leading global authority on urban water and wastewater management, her work has been translated into seven languages.

The book is now available for sale on Springer and Amazon and the links are given below. 



Second IIMpressions – Memories and Journeys

Second IIMpressions is a book put together by alums of PGP Batch of 1996-98 based of their personal experiences and memories. The book covers an account of life at a business school and campus life.

It is walking down memory lane covering all aspects of living in the hostel, classroom experience, friendships, incidences and how journeys shaped up for each after passing from the premium institute. It is a dose a nostalgia that will leave every reader especially an alum with a big smile.

A collection of essays are by some of the very bright brains from India, who have made their mark in India and outside.

The book is available for sale on Amazon India at the link given below.