Last Updated:
19 Oct 2021

Working Together Assessing Public–Private Partnerships in Africa

Author: Peter Farlam

 The case studies suggest that PPPs are complex, demanding and time consuming but that under the right conditions, and in the right sectors, they can offer significant benefits to government, the private sector and consumers. They have been generally more successful in sectors such as ports, telecommunications, transport and eco-tourism projects than power and water. But with the correct regulatory framework and strong political commitment, they do offer value for money to governments and good opportunities for investors. A recurring theme is that for PPPs to be successful, governments need to undertake thorough feasibility studies that address the issues of affordability, value for money and risk transfer.