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Public-Private Partnership Alliance programme for capacity-building in infrastructure development and provision of basic services


The growth of public-private partnerships worldwide has in many countries increased the availability of resources and the efficiency and sustainability of public services in the fields of transport, energy, water, telecommunications, health and education.

The importance of the public-private partnership concept is reflected in the outcome of United Nations summits and such United Nations initiatives as the Global Compact.

The private sector and Governments are working together increasingly on projects that are noticeably improving the position of the poor, weak and vulnerable groups in society. However, the public-private partnership approach has not always been successful, and an understanding of the causes of “failed Spartnerships” would be useful in shaping future efforts. The knowledge and skills required for developing and implementing public-private partnership projects are often lacking in the public sector, and the private sector is unaware of the potential of the public-private partnership relationship.

One means of developing the knowledge and skills needed for developing the public-private partnership modality has been the creation of dedicated public-private partnership programmes. Such programmes have already been established in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. In this respect, the regional commissions can play an effective role in facilitating the sharing of experiences from these countries.

The project will be executed by ESCAP, with the collaboration of ECA and ECE, and will focus on selected countries in all three regions. It will build upon available expertise, institutions and arrangements within the three collaborating regional commissions and other United Nations entities (such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment programme), thus using considerable synergies in public-private partnership development.


To increase the capacity of Governments to promote, develop, operate and manage public-private partnership projects for infrastructure development and the provision of basic services.

Expected accomplishments:

  • A global public-private partnership alliance has been established to forge cooperation between the private sector and Governments
  • Training institutions and special public-private partnership units support capacity-building for public officials (and the involvement of private-sector bodies such as chambers of commerce) in undertaking and operating public-private partnership projects at different levels
  • Governments are able to develop management action plans and strategies to increase their preparedness and improve governance and strategic management of public-private partnership programmes
  • Governments, the private sector and other stakeholders have access to up-to-date information on potential public-private partnership projects, good practices, policies and new developments

Implementation status:

The project achieved its goals by developing a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) capacity building framework that considered an integrated approach consisting of: awareness raising of senior policy makers through policy advocacy and dialogue; dissemination of best practice; development of resource and training materials and using them in training and capacity building activities; regional knowledge networking and information sharing; and provision of advisory services and technical assistance. Overall, the Project’s outcomes have been rated by the beneficiaries as highly relevant and effective.

The Project addressed several issues related to PPPs in infrastructure development faced by many countries in the ECA, ECE and ESCAP regions, including economies in transition and those that have recently started PPP programmes.