Gridlines

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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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    Recent Trends in Private Activity in Infrastructure : What the Shift Away from Risk Means for Policy
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-05) Mästle, Clemencia Torres de; Izaguirre, Ada Karina
    In 2006, private participation in infrastructure continued its recovery for the third consecutive year from the steep downturn of the late 1990s. Activity was more evenly spread across all developing regions. However, it became more concentrated in less risky sub sectors, reflecting a lower appetite for risk among private investors. Greater selectivity has facilitated private sector's renewed interest, but it also raises questions about how governments can best tap private operators' abilities in high-need, high-risk areas such as water and electricity distribution. Recent projects in these areas indicate that the public sector together with the international financial institutions remains the main source of investment funding. As governments create arrangements to attract private participation, they also need to ensure an equitable distribution of benefits among investors, taxpayers, and service users.