Public-Private Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies for Policymakers 2017

PPPs for infrastructure involves the private sector in designing, building, financing and operating public infrastructure in sectors such as power generation, transportation, utilities, social infrastructure and government accommodation. Unlike privatisation infrastructure procured through a PPP remains a public-sector asset. The growth in PPPs has been attributed to several reasons, including efficiency in project delivery and operation, reinforcing competition, access to advanced technology; and reducing government budgetary constraints by accessing private capital. The development of PPPs in sub-Saharan Africa has been relatively slow compared to other parts of the developing world, but it is now gathering pace. These case studies are intended to give policymakers in SSA an insight into the real world of PPPs in the region. The case studies illustrate some of the key policy issues that have to be considered, and obstacles that have to be overcome, both when procuring a PPP and while managing the PPP contract over its life.