Over the last about three decades, public-private partnerships (PPPs) evolved from a financing scheme to a vehicle for pursuing public policies in healthcare, education, infrastructure development, climate change and several other areas. The origins of PPPs can be traced to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in the UK in the early 1990’s, when the scheme helped fund infrastructure development and other projects while avoiding burdening the public budget. In the following decades, PPPs were progressively adopted in other countries and regions in the world, and they currently provide a vehicle for attaining public policy objectives – such as, for example, the Sustainable Development Goals – by combining resources and expertise from both the public and the private sectors. Yet, PPPs have a chequered performance record. Some PPPs successfully contributed accelerating development and improving public services, while others failed to deliver the expected performance and resulted in financial losses for the public purse. What makes PPPs successful? What can derail a PPP project? How can PPPs be effectively designed and managed?
This course aims to provide to participants the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for designing and managing PPPs. It will include theories about the effects of PPPs, the sources of disruption and failure of PPP projects, and for conditions and factors that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of PPPs. It will also stimulate the development of skills and capabilities to analyse scenarios, assess the viability of PPP schemes, delineate PPP projects and carry out the strategic and performance management of PPPs, especially in the context of the Global South. The course will cover the reasons for the adoption of PPPs, the principles and strategies for the design of PPPs including economic incentives and political factors, and issues of governance, management, sustainability and performance of PPPs. These topics will be taught via a combination of lectures, case studies of PPPs from countries in the Global South and exercises.
For more information, please see the course handbook:
What will I learn?
At the end of a course, you will be able to:
- Explain why PPPs can be used in order to attain policy goals
- Explain what affects the performance of PPPs in both financial and sustainability dimensions
- Explain what can undermine PPPs and how to prevent or mitigate adverse conditions or events
- Design PPPs while taking into consideration economic, financial and governance aspects
- Manage PPPs while taking into consideration the role of stakeholders and changing context conditions
Venue: Online Learning
Start of programme: 27 June - 8 July
Mode of Attendance: Online Learning
- A university student or graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 2 weeks
Tuition Fees 2022
Dr Alberto Asquer Convenor