An Overview of Public Private Partnership

Akintola Akintoye, Matthias Beck, Mohan Kumaraswamy

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In many developed and developing countries there has been a move toward an increased reliance on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure development. This involves an engagement with, or participation of, private companies and the public sector in the financing and provision of infrastructure. In most countries these PPP arrangements have been aimed at overcoming broad public sector constraints in relation to either a lack of public capital; and/or a lack of public sector capacity, resources and specialized expertise to develop, manage, and operate infrastructure assets.
In a number of countries Public Private Partnerships are now commonly used to accelerate economic growth, development and infrastructure delivery and to achieve quality service delivery and good governance. The spectrum of nature and types of public private partnerships (PPPs) are vast, making a precise and complete definition of a PPP difficult. However, significant developments in the use of PPP in many countries have made it increasingly important to understand these practices, as well as to unveil any underlying common principles and problems and to capture and develop a body of good practices, where such can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Private Partnerships: A Global Review
EditorsAkintola Akintoye, Matthias Beck, Mohan Kumasawamy
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-0415728966
Publication statusAccepted - 2016


  • Project management
  • Public private partnership
  • Risk management


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