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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    Improving Water Services in a Post-Conflict Situation : The Case of the Management Contract in Kosovo
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2010-03) Marin, Philippe; Mugabi, Josses; Mariño, Manuel
    Countries emerging from a devastating conflict need to rapidly restore access to basic water and sanitation services for their population. While donors usually stand ready with generous reconstruction packages, the conflict may have left local institutions ill equipped to make good use of those resources. The traditional solution, involving technical assistance delivered by international consultants, has often proved disappointing. An alternative is to bring in a professional operator for a few years through a management contract. In postwar Kosovo the sizable improvements achieved under a three year management contract for water services in the Gjakove-Rahovec area suggest that it can be a promising approach for post-conflict situations.
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    Private Participation in Transport : Lessons from Recent Experience in Europe and Central Asia
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-06) Monsalve, Carolina
    Facing fiscal constraints, many governments in Central and Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe have pursued private finance for transport infrastructure more to move investments off budget than to improve efficiency and services. Results have been mixed and suggest a need to focus more on public-private partnerships (PPPs) that can achieve value for money. Today's economic environment will reduce the potential for PPP projects in the short term. Some PPP projects at an advanced stage of procurement may need additional public support, while ambitious projects may need to be phased to reduce their scale to what the market can absorb.
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    A Juicy Story - Using the Pull Factor to Build an Agricultural Supply Chain
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2007-08) Johnson, Ebbe
    In parallel with International Finance Corporation's (IFC's) investment in the Sandora juice company in Ukraine, IFC implemented an advisory project to help build Sandora's supply chain. The project's broader objective was to improve market access and long-term sustainability for vegetable farmers working in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine. A number of factors contributed to the success of the advisory work. First, in this project, the presence of Sandora was a key motivating factor for quality improvements at supplier farms: farmers saw the immediate benefits of innovation and enhanced yields in increased sales to Sandora. Secondly, IFC structured the supply chain project not only to provide advice to farmers, but also to work with local banks in order to improve farmers' access to finance. Lastly, IFC carefully chose a few pilot farms for the detailed work, while a significant outreach component was introduced to ensure that the project's advice reached a wide range of farms in the region.
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    Private Participation in Infrastructure in Europe and Central Asia : A Look at Recent Trends
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 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.
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    Armenia Travels the Bumpy Road to All-Day Electricity Supply : How Perseverance Pays Off in Power Sector Reform
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2006-04) Sargsyan, Gevorg; Balabanyan, Ani; Hankinson, Denzel
    Armenia's power sector has suffered many setbacks: in the late 1980s an earthquake that took its major nuclear plant off-line, and in the early 1990s the collapse of the Soviet Union, economic blockade, and repeated sabotage of a new gas pipeline-all of which severely disrupted fuel supply. The government set out to reform and privatize the sector, persevering through setbacks and learning from initial failure. Its persistence paid off: today the system runs efficiently and delivers power 24 hours a day. The following lessons can be learned from Armenia's example: Political will is paramount; champions matter; initial failure may be better than not trying at all; frequent, substantive communications with bidders helps; a comprehensive, cross-sectoral approach to reform is beneficial; reform should start before privatization; donors should provide the right mix of support; and service quality matters most.