This topic guide seeks to provide a basic introduction for non-specialists looking for a primer on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure and service provision. It is intended to help development professionals considering whether and, if so, how to support the governments of Low Income Countries (LICs) to make greater use of PPPs by highlighting the key considerations, challenges, risks, and common motivations for the private sector’s participation. It also presents recent case studies across a wide range of infrastructure sectors (transport, energy, urban, healthcare and education) to provide additional background on the challenges faced and lessons learned by PPP implementers. It is not intended to be a complete ‘how to’ guide but it sign posts other more specialist resources.
For developing and developed countries alike, PPPs can offer significant value and serve as a solution for overcoming shortages of upfront capital and skills or human capital needed to expedite the development of efficient infrastructure projects. There is no universally accepted definition of PPP as it is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and many countries adapt the PPP model to meet their specific needs. For the purpose of this topic guide, PPP can be defined as follows:
- A government transfers the exclusive rights to a private operator or investor to develop and/or operate an infrastructure facility under certain conditions for a fixed period of time.
Nathan Associates. Public-Private Partnerships: A Basic Introduction for Non-Specialists: Topic Guide.
EPS PEAKS, UK (2017) 50p
Published 1 February 2017