PPIAF's mission is to help eliminate poverty and
Despite progress achieved in expanding infrastructure services in developing countries, millions of people still lack access to water, sanitation, and electricity. Governments face major challenges in ensuring efficient service provision, especially for the poorest segments of the population.
To reach the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals, investment must increase dramatically. But the public sector, which currently provides about 70% of infrastructure investment, cannot do it alone.
Private companies can play a key role in providing new and improved services. Developing efficient public-private partnerships that take advantage of the strengths of both the private and public sectors is an important part of the solution.
A key constraint for improved service provision in many developing countries is the lack of an enabling environment conducive to private investment, including the necessary policies, laws, regulations, institutions, and government capacity. Consequently, the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) was created to address this issue.
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The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) was created in 1999 to act as a catalyst to increase private sector participation in emerging markets. It provides technical assistance to governments to support the creation of a sound enabling environment for the provision of basic infrastructure services by the private sector.
A sound business enabling environment consists of strong institutions, legal systems and rule of law, high standards of public and corporate governance, transparency, competition, protection of investments, enforcement of laws, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
Governments are the main generators of private sector projects, but there are obstacles that impede private sector participation. PPIAF can assist to remove some of these obstacles by supporting:
PPIAF is governed by a Program Council composed of its donors. An independent technical advisory panel reviews PPIAF activities and provides strategic advice to the Program Council. The Project Management Unit (PMU) manages day-to-day operations. To facilitate outreach and monitoring of its technical assistance activities, the PMU maintains field offices in Nairobi and Dubai.
What type of technical assistance does PPIAF provide?
PPIAF also produces and disseminates knowledge and best practices on private participation in infrastructure.
For more information on PPIAF's role in mobilizing private and public investment in infrastructure, click here to see a presentation which is also availalbe in French and Portuguese.
What are PPIAF's areas of focus?
To better target its technical assistance, PPIAF developed a work program structured around three strategic pillars (universal access, climate change, and urbanization) and four cross-cutting themes (sub-national technical assistance, fragile states, regional integration, and capacity building).
These strategic pillars logically group several key development priorities identified by PPIAF’s donors, reflect the “special themes” identified for IDA 16, and organize by themes the technical assistance that has been provided by PPIAF to date and its priorities for future work. Click here to see a summary of the work program.
Which countries and sectors are eligible?
How is PPIAF’s effectiveness assessed?
Since its inception, PPIAF has gone through several in-depth evaluations by external consulting firms, selected by the Program Council, to assess the program’s continued relevance; the appropriateness of its governance structure and operation management; and the impact of its activities in assisting developing countries to improve infrastructure and reduce poverty. These evaluations confirmed PPIAF’s value-added role to develop capacity in infrastructure.
To learn more, visit Monitoring & Evaluation.
How to apply for PPIAF support
Please contact one of the PPIAF Regional Coordinators with an activity concept. Click here for more information on how to apply for funds.