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.
Recent Trends in Private Activity in Infrastructure : What the Shift Away from Risk Means for Policy
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.
Private Participation in Infrastructure in Europe and Central Asia : A Look at Recent Trends
2007-08, Vagliasindi, Maria, Izaguirre, Ada Karina
This note asserts that Eastern Europe
and Central Asia is attracting more investment to
infrastructure projects with private participation than any
other developing region except Latin America. Members of the
European Union (EU) and countries seeking membership account
for most of the investment. The Russian Federation is
emerging as a leader both in attracting private activity and
in sponsoring projects in neighboring countries.
Telecommunications and energy are the leading sectors. But
new regulatory challenges are emerging as a result of
exclusivity periods in telecommunications and greater market
concentration and vertical reintegration in energy.
Revival of Private Participation in Developing Country Infrastructure
2007-01, Kerf, Michel, Izaguirre, Ada Karina
Investment in private participation in
infrastructure projects in developing countries in 2004 and
2005 increased sharply. Meanwhile, the distribution of
investment across sectors and regions, and the allocation of
risks between public and private parties, were shifting.
Private sponsors started putting more emphasis on risk
mitigation strategies. To take advantage of private
sponsors' renewed interest in infrastructure projects,
governments need to create risk sharing arrangements that
attract private operators while also benefiting governments,
taxpayers, and users.