Editorial by PPPLab’s Marije Balt: best way to work effectively with the public P?

What is the best way to work effectively with public partners in a public private partnership? The PPPLab team of experts went into the field and asked the public partners themselves. From the Kiambu county government in Kenya to traditional chiefs in northern Ghana: their perspectives are included in two case studies presented in this newsletter.

The findings of the cases offer tips & tricks for PPPs how to get public actors on board and link to their motivations and incentives, and as such benefit from their Public P roles. Certainly, partnering is not without challenges and risks, however the reviewed cases developed practices and strategies to mitigate these.

Our concrete tips & tricks for effective partnering reflect those, such how to build on what works, being realistic and managing time, and showing consistency in the face of evolving challenges while allowing for flexibility. Read also how PPPs in both Ghana and Kenya built a strategic relationship with the Dutch embassy from the start, leveraging both its brokering role with the government and its trust factor, in case of problems. These ‘how to’ practices can be of value for organisations and companies considering to partner with public actors in Africa or beyond – or that are just interested to learn from the experiences and insights of other PPPs.

The two case studies were part of an exploration of in total 12 PPPs projects of the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) operating in Kenya and Ghana. For the exploration study, the lead partners were interviewed over the course of 2016. The findings of this broader study, to be published in an exploration brief soon, will be validated at the occasion of the PPPCafe on 6 April. This afternoon event provides a great opportunity to get yourself updated and informed on the latest insights, tips and tricks on how to work with the Public P.