The Public – Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) helps developing-country governments strengthen policies, regulations, and institutions that enable sustainable infrastructure with private-sector participation. As part of these efforts, PPIAF promotes knowledge-transfer by capturing lessons while funding research and tools available on its knowledge platform – the Global Infrastructure Hub; builds capacity to scale infrastructure delivery; and assists sub-national entities in accessing financing without sovereign guarantees. Supported by donors and administered by the World Bank, our work helps generate hundreds of millions in infrastructure investment.

Focus area
PPIAF provides grants for technical assistance and knowledge services to support:

Improving competition, efficiency, and accountability in infrastructure

Accelerating PPI program development and implementation

Reducing risks in PPI programs and increasing creditworthiness of public counterparties

Mainstreaming resiliency, equity, and climate co-benefits

Focus Area
PPIAF helps generate hundreds of millions in infrastructure investment:

PPIAF enables EMDEs to build institutions and to strengthen capacity to better identify, assess, and enable private sector participation opportunities.

PPIAF enables EMDEs to establish and regulate markets for resilient, affordable, and inclusive infrastructure.

PPIAF enables EMDEs to broaden and diversify the sources funding & finance for infrastructure.

Why it matters?
$4.3 trillion1
To end extreme poverty worldwide and meet the SDGs
1World Investment Report 2022, UNCTAD
Current trend
$2.8 trillion2
Is available for infrastructure investment
2Global Infrastructure Outlook, GI Hub

$1.5 trillion

Most governments don’t have the resources to fully finance their infrastructure needs, which makes private sector participation essential.

At the same time, more than $100 trillion is held by pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other institutional investors.3This is on top of other potential financing that can be borne into PPPs, namely by commercial banks, multilateral and bilateral development banks, and finance institutions.

Why it Matters

How can we attract investments to advance private infrastructure development?

Strong institutions and effective regulatory frameworks remain crucial for ensuring that investments in infrastructure are made strategically and efficiently.

PPIAF helps accelerate the availability of resilient, affordable, and inclusive infrastructure services by improving the enabling environment for private participation in infrastructure.

Funding research and tools
PPIAF distills knowledge from over 1,700 technical assistance activities, other multilateral development banks, and the private sector, making best practices for delivering infrastructure through PPPs accessible to all—at a scale and reach that cannot be achieved by individual interventions alone. PPIAF knowledge products have been widely used across the globe, improving welfare through private sector participation in infrastructure that is well-informed by experience, tools, and research. Visit PPIAF global knowledge activities and its GI Hub Knowledge sharing platform to explore more.
Capacity building
In many countries, public (traditional) procurement remains the primary method of developing infrastructure. Many governments often lack the institutional capacity to design, implement and oversee long-term, complex contractual arrangements such as a multi-year PPP. Institutional capacity is also necessary to ensure transparent procurement of infrastructure projects and to prevent corruption along the way. PPIAF helps strengthen the capacity of government contracting authorities to encourage private investment in infrastructure.
Strengthening policies and institutions
Well-designed institutional framework with clear and strong political support is key to successful public-private partnerships. PPIAF helps develop and strengthen consensus, policies, laws, regulations, and organizations to enable the effective administration and implementation of PPPs. PPIAF also focuses on establishing new or reconfiguring existing institutions so that they can become an effective counterpart to the private sector.
Supporting subnational entities
National governments are not the only government entities responsible for infrastructure delivery. PPIAF’s Sub-National Technical Assistance Program helps local governments, public utilities, and state-owned enterprises develop their capacity to access market-based financing without sovereign guarantees in order to improve infrastructure services. Technical assistance includes capacity building to improve the creditworthiness of subnational entities and their investment projects.