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Gridlines share emerging knowledge on public-private partnership and give an overview of a wide selection of projects from various regions of the world. Gridlines are a publication of PPIAF (Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility), a multi-donor technical assistance facility. Through technical assistance and knowledge dissemination PPIAF supports the efforts of policy makers, nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, and others in designing and implementing strategies to tap the full potential of private involvement in infrastructure.

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    Financing the Boom in Public-Private Partnerships in Indian Infrastructure : Trends and Policy Implications
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-12) Harris, Clive ; Kumar, Sri Tadimalla
    India has seen rapid growth in recent years in its program of infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs). Despite the surge in demand for finance, local financial markets coped well over the period to 2007 and even offered better terms as they became more used to the PPP model. But areas of possible concern have developed. Gearing has increased significantly, and financing terms mean that PPPs are more exposed to interest rate volatility causes for concern in a period of rising rates and reduced liquidity. Further growth in PPPs will likely require a broadening of the sources of financing once the present financial market turmoil has lessened. Addressing these concerns will call for policy reforms to capital markets and concession frameworks.
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    Taking a Holistic Approach to Planning and Developing Hydropower : Lessons from Two River Basin Case Studies in India
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-08) Haney, Michael ; Plummer, Judith
    Planning for hydropower development needs to evolve from a project-based engineering approach to a more holistic one - an approach incorporating river basin planning and integrating potential social and environmental issues across multiple projects and the entire river basin. Such a framework would help to optimize the benefits and minimize the costs. It would also bring stakeholders together to weigh opportunities and risks and form a consensus for sustainable and equitable development. A Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF)-funded study on two river basins in India's Himalayan region outlines steps for moving toward such a holistic framework.
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    India Leads Developing Nations in Private Sector Investment : But the Region Needs More Investment to Meet Demands
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-03) Harris, Clive
    India has had the most success attracting more private investment in infrastructure in 2006 than any other developing country. Long-standing policies in most other South Asian countries are beginning to bear fruit as well. Nevertheless, delivering the infrastructure services needed to sustain and accelerate growth in South Asia remains a major challenge. Estimates suggest that closing the gap in service provision and meeting future needs will require infrastructure investment in the range of 7 to 8 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) a year. The private sector can do more to help close the region's infrastructure service deficit. But first the region's governments will need to close the infrastructure policy deficit, manifested in many sectors in distorted pricing, poor governance and accountability, and weak financial and operational performance.