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.
(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2006-04)
African officials have shown new
interest in infrastructure projects involving private
participation. But with so little experience with such
projects, these officials often have limited knowledge about
how best to assess their value for money. Some experts have
suggested that developing countries use the method centering
on the public sector comparator. But this method has come
under criticism in some industrial countries. The debate
about its use in the industrial world raises questions about
whether it is appropriate in developing countries. This
paper discusses: how the method works; what the problems
are; what the U.K. reforms do; and what about developing countries.