Global issues, such as captured in SDG2 Zero Hunger and SDG6 Clean water and sanitation for all, need to be resolved at an appropriate scale and complexity. These are way beyond the interests and possibilities of any single actor. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are essential to a. align the purpose of all necessary parties to address the common issues and b. combine necessary capacities and resources. Public-private partnerships in particular have an essential role to play in ensuring that necessary horizontal (reaching numbers) and vertical (systemic change) scale of solutions can be jointly addressed.
The process of change and the role of PPPs
Over the last four years, PPPLab, our partners and organisations engaged in PPPs have explored the transformational potential of PPPs. The emergence of the SDG-P facility is a good moment to concretely spell out how this potential should be delivered upon and what the implications for our collective roles are. That means PPPs must:
- Aspire to deliver systemic change
- Be issue, not donor, driven on themes that really matter
- Allow for adaptive approaches
- Be ready to engage for longer periods
- Be fit to realise their aspirations
- Truly locally embed partnerships
- Gain commitment to genuinely shared objectives
- Be able to deal with complex systems and changing realities
- Rethink risk and blend finances
- Pioneer effective blended value approaches
- Draw in country finance (actors) early on
- Work with financial graduation and long-term financial plans from the start
On this final PPPLab Day, four years of learning will be applied to contemporary questions on what is needed for PPPs to reach development goals. We’ll navigate the ambition for change in four steps:
Step 1 – Messages: The key messages of the PPPLab and what is concluded about the aspirations of PPPs as well as the capacities, risk sharing and financing needed to deliver on these aspirations, falls under the spotlight. A candid review of our messages and experiences will exemplify the nuances of partnering for change.
Step 2 – Implications: You will be activated to reflect on the implications of these key messages for you, your PPP and your ambition for change
Step 3 – Challenges: You will share and hear about current challenges which prevent PPPs from delivering on their promise of change, and what can be done.
Step 4 – Agenda: This current form of the PPPLab comes to a close. The topics of scaling and systemic change, finance and business models for PPPs and how to best partner with government grow in importance. We want to confirm personal agendas to tackle and learn.
Three brand new PPPLab Explorations provide plenty of insights to deliberate and meat to chew on, in combination with our overall conclusions. To get your thinking going and make the day an effective one for you, we encourage you to take a loo:
#06: Shaping successful scaling processes with public-private engagement
#07: Brokering & facilitating NL-funded PPPs: Understanding the role of Dutch Embassies and the challenges they face
#08: Financing & public-private partnerships