PPP Training Resources

PPIAF aims to help government officials build the capacity to explore and implement reforms for improving and expanding infrastructure services. With its partners, PPIAF produces toolkits, online databases, and learning modules for this purpose—as well as workshops, field visits, exchange programs, and online training and distance learning events. Below are some of the materials prepared for training purposes and related available resources.

Infrascope interactive learning tool and benchmarking index

The Infrascope is an interactive learning tool and benchmarking index, accompanied by a summary report, that provides a valuable starting point for private-public dialogue about improving project conditions and strategies. It assesses countries' readiness and capacity for sustainable, long-term PPP projects and scores aspects of the regulatory and institutional frameworks, project experience and success, the investment climate, and the financial facilities. It can be downloaded for free and allows users to self-score indicators and change weights to reflect dynamic country circumstances. The tool is also very effective for companies engaged in PPPs to compare frameworks and evaluate risks across countries.

The 2012 Infrascope for Latin America and the Caribbean was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. The Infrascope for Asia-Pacific was built by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Asian Development Bank.

Public-Private Partnerships: An Introduction

This PPIAF presentation provides a comprehensive introduction to PPPs. It introduces PPPs, examines project structure and lifecycle, and provides an overview of what is required to generate a pipeline of projects. The presentation also introduces project finance, the structure of PPP financing, and the allocation of risks. Learn more. (PDF)

Advanced Training on the Appraisal of Infrastructure Projects with Private Participation

PPIAF joined together with the Southern African Development Community-Development Finance Resource Center (SADC-DFRC), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), and Queen’s University to offer an advanced, state-of-the-art training workshop focused on quantitative aspects of private participation in infrastructure projects. The training was held at the Eskom Training Centre in Midrand, South Africa from May 11–29. Learn more.  

Water Toolkit: e-Learning Modules 

The Water Toolkit e-Learning Modules are derived from the Toolkit on "Approaches to Private Participation in Water Services" (click here [PDF] for text publication), which was funded by PPIAF, the World Bank, and the Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership. Learn more.

 Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Irrigation Management 

Application of PPPs for irrigation water management has been relatively a new area. PPIAF funding with collaboration with the World Bank Institute (WBI) has developed a short e-Learning course which aims to help improve the understanding of how some of the  irrigation water management challenges can be addressed through involving private sector participation, as an alternative to government managed irrigation. This is a relatively new concept and application in most countries. The development goal is to foster sustainable irrigation services to farmers, a challenge that is made more prominent under changing climate. Click here to take the course.

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How to Engage with the Private Sector in Public-Private Partnerships in Emerging Markets

This PPIAF publication provides an overview of the PPP project development and implementation process, focusing specifically on how government officials in developing countries can prepare and market high-quality PPP projects to attract the right long-term private partners. The book begins with setting the PPP framework and selecting the right projects, including developing possible financing structures. It then provides practical guidance on managing the PPP development and implementation process, from preparing projects for market and hiring the right advisors, to managing the interface with the private sector through procurement and contract management. The publication is also available in French


Attracting Investors to African Public-Private Partnerships: A Project Preparation Guide

This publication is an earlier version of the book above on "How to Engage with the Private Sector in Public-Private Partnerships in Emerging Markets". This book was aimed at African public sector officials while the updated version focuses beyond Africa with a wide range of case studies from several regions and sectors to show a more global perspective and experiences. The publication is also available in French



Developing Guidelines for Appraising Public Private Infrastructure (PPI) Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Insufficient attention is often paid to the quanitative aspects of PPP project preparation. The PPIAF-funded report, "Quantitative Methods for the Preparation, Appraisal, and Management of PPI Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa," outlines the quantitative methods needed for the preparation of PPP projects. The report examines several methods to evaluate the net benefits and costs of choosing a PPP over a public sector project, including the public sector comparator and the discount rate.

Public-Private Partnerships – Municipal Guidelines: E-Learning Programme

An interactive learning guide on municipal PPPs, along with two toolkits (on municipal PPPs in solid waste management and in water and sanitation), has been developed for an accredited course for municipal officials.  Please click here to view the learning program.


Introduction to Infrastructure Reform and Regulation Video

This learning tool includes a video documentary, interactive training modules, graphics, and an online test.

Preview the DVD in  English, Français, or Español (Real Media Player).

PPP in Infrastructure Resource Center for Contracts, Laws, and Regulation (PPPIRC)


The website guides project managers and clients through key issues relating to the planning, design, development, and legal structuring of infrastructure projects involving the private sector (“PPP projects”) and infrastructure reform projects involving publicly-owned entities. The website includes documents in English, French, and Spanish.

Focused on developing countries and drawing on World Bank Group expertise, the website is aimed at facilitating good practices. The site provides sample agreements with summaries and annotations, risk allocation matrices, terms of reference, sample laws and regulations, checklists, “how to” guides, and links to sample documents prepared by regulators and implementation units. It covers the power, transport, telecommunications, and water and sanitation sectors.

Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation


This online learning module provides essential knowledge on utility regulation – on policy reforms, market structure and competition, finance, incentive regulation, service to the poor, pricing, cost analysis, legal frameworks, stakeholder involvement, negotiations, management and leadership, and more.

Funded by PPIAF, it was developed by the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida in collaboration with the University of Toulouse, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, the World Bank, and a panel of international experts.