Partnerships (PPPs) are a mechanism for delivering essential community
infrastructure and services that has been used widely over recent
years. In particular, PPPs have been endorsed by international
financial institutions and aid organisations. They have been seen
as a means of filling the widening gap between pressures for improved
public services in developing countries and the capacity of governments
and international development budgets to fund those services.
They also represent a response to the poor performance of many
state-owned enterprises as well as concerns about the quality
of government service delivery and the way it is administered.
Even in developing countries, not all PPPs will be intended to
facilitate poverty reduction. Many PPPs will be implemented to
meet the needs of more affluent sections of the population, or
for the provision of infrastructure and services to support major
economic enterprises. There is clearly scope, however, for PPPs
to be targeted in whole or in part towards producing tangible
economic, social and environmental benefits for the poor. ESCAP
seeks to promote that approach.
The objective of this project is to facilitate public-private
partnerships that provide basic services for the poor, namely
access to water, energy, health services and biodiversity conservation.
The project was a collective effort of different sections within
ESCAP. The Poverty Reduction Section wass responsible for the
documentation of PPPs that benefit the poor. Guidelines for documentation
have been developed and can be downloaded here.
Links to related documents:
Pro-poor Public-Private Partnerships (pdf format)
for documenting Pro-poor PPPs
the Lives of the Urban Poor: Case studies on the provision of
basic services through partnerships