Public–Private Partnerships Policy and Practice

A Reference Guide

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Public–Private Partnerships Policy and Practice is a comprehensive reference guide on PPP theory and practice for senior policy-makers and other public sector officials in developing countries. The guide focuses on the key lessons learned – and emerging best practice – from successful and failed PPP transactions over the past thirty years.

The guide avoids jargon and explains relevant concepts in non-specialist language. Key points are summarised at the beginning of each section and provide an overall high-level outline. References are provided throughout and at the end of each section to allow the reader to access further information on specific issues.




Historically, the public sector in Commonwealth countries has been the main provider of basic service delivery and infrastructure. However, large fiscal deficits have limited governments’ capacity to meet growing infrastructure needs and have emerged as a major constraint to member countries’ efforts to improve their investment climate. To augment limited public resources for infrastructure, private sector participation must be encouraged by creating an enabling environment for increased private sector involvement. Governments of most Commonwealth countries have been turning towards the private sector as a means of financing infrastructure development through Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs).


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