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Development Debates: How Effective Are Public Private Partnerships?
Mon 27 February 2017, 18:30 – 20:45
The London International Development Centre (LIDC) has teamed up with The Guardian Global Development Network to host a series of panel debates on current key issues in international development. Four speakers, comprised of academics from the Bloomsbury Colleges, development practitioners, private companies and policy-makers, will take questions from the audience. Discussions will be guided by a moderator, and there will be a chance to continue the discussion after the debate at a networking and drinks reception.
How Effective are Public Private Partnerships?
In recent years there has been a rise in the number of partnerships between the public and private sector (PPPs) in international development, however, discussions around the efficacy of PPPs has become highly polarized.
On one side PPPs have the potential to achieve greater impact in development outcomes by harnessing the skills, experience and knowledge from both the government and the non-state actors. They also provide developing countries with a means of accessing additional financial resources to deliver on projects and programmes.
On the other hand, DFID has recently faced criticism for its plans to increase UK Aid funding channeled into public private partnerships (PPPs) as it has been suggested that projects that are pursued are ones that are perceived to be financially viable from the private sector perspective; the ethical motivation is profitability over poverty reduction; the privatisation of some services will lead to the poor being left behind because of lack of affordability; and governments’ control over public services is greatly reduced with PPPs.
So what are the requirements that need to be in place for successful public-private collaborations, and do ethical considerations of the private sector run counter to development objectives?
Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge, Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University
Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive Officer at WSUP - Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions
Professor Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development at UCL's Institute of Education
Dr Matti Kohonen, Principal Adviser (Private Sector) at Christian Aid
Bibi van der Zee, Editor of The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network
This is the third of the new London International Development Centre and The Guardian debate series 'Development Debates'. Please see a link to the previous debates in the series here.
WSUP - Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Matti Kohonen
Principal Advisor (Private Sector)
Professor Elaine Unterhalter
UCL's Institute of Education
Professor of Education and International Development
Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge
Lecturer in Economics