World Bank offers free massive open online course (MOOC) on PPPs via Coursera
PPPs are one tool that governments can employ to help deliver needed infrastructure services. They are a way of contracting for services, using private sector innovation and expertise, and they often leverage private finance. PPPs can, implemented under the right circumstances, improve service provision and facilitate economic growth.
This massive open online course (MOOC) provides an understanding of the key principles of PPPs and the role of PPPs in the delivery of infrastructure services, particularly in emerging markets. Participants will learn from practitioners, government officials, and academics with field experience, hearing first-hand about the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining infrastructure services through effective PPPs.
The MOOC includes video lectures, readings, quizzes and other learning materials designed and taught by experts from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Indian School of Business, the European Investment Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), among other institutions.
The free online course — part of the World Bank’s mandate to become more of a knowledge sharing institution — will run from June 1 to 27. It will include two tracks participants can choose from: PPP awareness, and policy and practice. It will be taught in English and will require an Internet connection. Instructors from some of the world’s leading universities as well as multilateral institutions will be featured.
All information is available here.