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Handshake

Handshake, a journal on public-private partnerships from the World Bank Group, offers insight and opinion on the role of public-private partnerships in response to global infrastructure challenges. Its 17 issues offer interviews, case studies, lessons learned and more on PPPs in different social and infrastructure sectors. Special issues cover PPPs in Africa and the role of data and innovation in creating sustainable, state-of-the-art public-private partnerships. 

Issues

    • 2016

    Handshake #17: Data

    Why Data, and Why Now? The Addis Ababa Action Agenda—a product of the 2015 Third International Conference on Financing for Development—had an immediate impact on the way multilateral development banks (MDBs) think about infrastructure. One of its primary goals was “Establishing a new forum to bridge the infrastructure gap.” To make that happen, participants concluded that “Investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including transport, energy, water and sanitation for all, is a pre-requisite for achieving many of our goals.” The first Global Infrastructure Forum, convened this month in Washington, DC by MDBs and other development partners, will focus on the ways in which MDBs can further strengthen their collaboration,...

    • 2015
    • World Bank Group (WBG), International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake #16: Innovation

    Welcome to the Innovation Age “An age of constant invention naturally begets one of constant failure,” the New York Times Magazine declared in a recent story called “Welcome to the Failure Age.” Its core premise—that innovation is inextricably linked with failure—may be a fresh insight for the high-tech era, but has long been understood by those who work in infrastructure. To state the obvious: for those of us in infrastructure PPPs, failure is not a novel concept. Innovation is. The interplay between the two, with attention to the iterative learning that is necessary to morph missteps into course corrections, is the focus of this issue.  How appropriate, then, to admit that Handshake has learned a few lessons of its own since the...

    • 2014
    • World Bank Group (WBG), International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #15: Connectivity

    Handshake's issue 15 focuses on connectivity or the physical networks that allow people to communicate as well as the ability to interact with another person or the services one receives from an institution or organization. Public-private partnerships in information and communication technology can help create those connections and most importantly connect the still unconnected. Throughout the issue, we see how transformative ICT has been in the developed world and also acknowledge how far there is to go until everyone is given the same digital resources. We hear first-hand from the head of Facebook's internet.org initiative, which aims to bring free internet access to the base of the pyramid. Other articles and interviews show how...

    • 2014
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #14: Natural Resources & PPPs

    This issue focuses on PPPs that manage and preserve natural resources such as water and forests. Projects include a hybrid-public private agency that has standardized water services and restored the coast in Cartagena, Colombia, and an environmental management initiative around Africa's Lake Victoria that aims to reduce pollution and the resouce footprint of industrial activities. The issue also includes interviews with 2014 Stockholm Water Laureate John Briscoe, science correspondent M. Sanjayan and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

    • 2014
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #13: Power & PPPs

    Handshake Issue #13, Power PPPs focuses on public-private partnerships in the power sector and brings diverse expert voices together to discuss how to increase access to energy in emerging markets. Features on hydropower and renewables, alongside in-depth looks at Africa and Latin America, provide a fresh analysis of one of today's most important and rapidly evolving sectors.

    • 2014
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #12: Waste & PPPs

    In this issue on waste public-private partnerships (PPPs), experts, entrepreneurs, and activists share innovations that can guide government officials toward effective solid waste management strategies; and contributors present a range of solutions and technologies that can be tailored to cities around the world, with special attention focused on approaches that will work in developing countries.

    • 2013
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #11: Africa & PPPs

    Many have been lured into the trap of the single African story, illustrated by a dated photo or dismissed in a headline. Handshake #11, Africa & PPPs, presents readers with a more accurate—and exciting—narrative of African progress. This is the economic progress that attracts investors by emphasizing partnerships between the private sector and African governments committed to the best for their citizens. In this issue, focused exclusively on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Africa, articles and interviews look at the people and projects that power African progress.

    • 2013
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #10: Tourism & PPPs

    Handshake Issue #10: Tourism & PPPs examines partnerships that have revitalized both natural and cultural heritage sites, along with the investment climate necessities to position these destinations for long-term success. Contributors also highlight the role of transport and access for developing economies with tourist offerings, focusing on the transformative role of low-cost carriers and pedestrian cities. Tourism does best when governments and private companies work closely together bringing in jobs, supports communities, and improves a country’s visibility on the global stage.

    • 2013
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #9: Reconstruction & PPPs

    Handshake Issue #9: Reconstruction focuses on post-conflict countries. It shows how private-sector participation and public-private partnerships can help create economic opportunity and reduce the risk of resurgent conflict It includes key topics such as investment climate, infrastructure and social reintegration; and features interviews with Anke Hoeffler from the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and Melanne Verveer former US Ambassador at large for Global Women's Issues.

    • 2013
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #8: Learning & PPPs 

    Handshake Issue #8: Learning and PPPs, studies the strategies of governments, corporations, and not-for-profit enterprises in the vanguard of the most innovative education partnerships around the world. This issue features an exclusive interview with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education as well as a special section on the future of education.

    • 2012
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #7: Road & Rail PPPs

    This issue of Handshake deals with public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the road and rail sector and explores how well-developed and efficient road and rail transport can contribute to economic growth and development. Authors and interviewees explain how PPP approaches have changed the direction of their countries' highway systems and the future of freight rail.

    • 2012
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #6: Air & Sea PPPs

    Handshake Issue #6: Air & Sea & PPPs examines how public-private partnerships (PPPs) push air and sea transport development forward with greater speed and richer benefits.

    • 2012
    • World Bank Group (WBG)

    Handshake Issue #5: Food & PPPs 

    Handshake Issue #5: Food & PPPs examines how public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agriculture can help governments feed generations to come.

    • 2012
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #4: Cities & PPPs 

    Handshake Issue #4, Cities & PPPs, explores how thoughtfully tailored urban infrastructure can enhance the proximity among people that makes innovation possible, and how PPPs facilitate urban growth on a scale and timeline that would be impossible without private capital.

    • 2011
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #3: Health & PPPs

    Handshake Issue #3, Health & PPPs, explores innovative and successful approaches by governments that are tapping the private sector for healthcare infrastructure, service delivery, and insurance.

    • 2011
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #2: Climate Change & PPPs

    Handshake Issue #2, Climate & PPPs, finds that climate-conscious PPPs can address the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change by bringing to the table the finest qualities of the public and private sectors. This issue focuses on renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy from waste, and green finance.

    • 2011
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Handshake Issue #1: Water & PPPs

    The first issue of Handshake on Water & PPPs examines the role of public-private partnerships in water scarcity and distribution. Features include small-scale water supply in Africa, irrigation in Brazil and India, as well as an interview with the chairman of Mozambique's public water company.