PPPLab Newsletter #07
In this newsletter:
  1. Welcome to our seventh newsletter!
  2. A whole day of Making PPPs work: what happened on December 1?
  3. New PPPLab publications
  4. Next PPPCafé: coming up February 23
  5. Serie of lunch lectures: for RVO & Min. Foreign Affairs
  6. Invitation: to join NGO/Business capacity assessment 
  7. PPPLab plans for 2017: an exciting new year

1. Welcome to the seventh PPPLab newsletter! 

It has been a interesting and busy year for us at PPPLab and surely also for you! We hope that if we have not met you in 2016, that we will connect in 2017 at one of our learning & exchange activities. We are also very grateful to receive feedback on our publications and tools. For now we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2. A whole day on 'Making PPPs work'

On 1 December, we as PPPLab organised a whole day on ‘Making PPPs work’ at the New World Campus in The Hague. Participants from the private sector, knowledge institutions, public sector including the Dutch government and non-profit organisations spent the day exchanging experiences and discussing four main themes. These came from PPPLab research and insights combined with experiences shared by a number of companies and organisations working in and with public-private partnerships.

Keynotes of the day
Tanja Gonggrijp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - voicing a public P perspective and William Van Niekerk (Alliander, Top sector Water) presenting insights from the private P compared reasons for and limitations of PPPs. Ms Gonggrijp sees three developments shaping private sector engagement in development cooperation and the need for partnership: 1) global agreement on the SDGs 2) a shift from single issues to system transformation and 3) the importance of collective value addition. To tackle global issues and strive for inclusive development, Ms Gonggrijp said we have to go beyond the responsibility of single actors and single sectors. Local government engagement is essential if systemic change is to take place. Read more about the day


3. New PPPLab publications
We have three new publications available on our website! All in our signature short, simple yet sophisticated style.  

                         This publication is an introduction to the world of finance. It clarifies terms and concepts and provides simple guidance in developing financing strategies for Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs). The publication gives a clear overview of basic rules for financing, the components of OPEX (operational expenditures) and CAPEX (Capital expenditures) and the role of grants, as blending opportunity for debt- and equity funding as well as gap funding for promising scalable PPP’s. It is all linked to the popular PPPCanvas. Here we focus on understanding the public P partner. As public actor engagement is generally considered crucial for the sustainability and system change potential of the PPP intervention, it is important to understand the implications public actor involvement. Understanding can lead to a more effective way of partnering with the Public P. This publication supports individual organizations as well as partnership consortia that want to improve their partnering strategies with the Public P. This publication unpacks the concept of scaling and presents an overview of the terms, frameworks, and models used in relation to scaling. The publication help practitioners get to grips with different scaling approaches. In doing so, we point to the specific role of PPPs in scaling. By combining background literature with interviews with case owners and thought leaders the publication is both practical and thought-provoking. While the cases studied are from the water and agriculture sectors, the concepts and approaches are of wider relevance.

4. Next PPPCafé

Our quarterly PPPCafés offer an informal venue to discuss real substance with practitioners working in and with PPPs in food and water domains. It is about giving space to explore your ideas, experiences and questions. At the first PPPCafé of 2017 we will together explore the role of the Public P in partnerships by sharing experiences of both the Dutch public P and ‘in-country’ public P partners.

Register now by sending an email to

5. Serie of Lunch lectures
On November 15th, PPPLab organized a lunch lecture for RVO and different departments of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs about Scaling and Finance for PPPs. Main findings of the recent PPPLab publications on Scaling & System Change and Finance were presented, and linkages between those topics were made.  Thereafter, the theory was applied to reality of the daily work at the Ministry, and a solid round table conversation took place on more strategic questions, such as the position of instruments in the wider funding landscape. Many discussions continued during the “Making PPPs Work” event. A next session at the Ministry will take place on January 17th, when the focus will be on How to make the Public P role in PPPs effective.
6. An invitation to join the NGO/Business capacity assessment

Businesses, do you want a successful agribusiness in developing markets? NGOs, are you ready to support inclusive business initiatives?

We would like to offer you the opportunity to be part of a capacity assessment project. The project will work with 10 NGOs and 10 businesses to guide a simple, structured internal assessment. This will give a clear overview of what you are good at, and where there are capacity gaps that could threaten your impact. You can then invest in a targeted manner to improve your internal capacities, for your current and future inclusive agribusiness initiatives. Read more

Interested or do you have any questions? Get in touch asap: its first come, first served.
See the flyer NGO & flyer Business for more details, and feel free to contact Lotte-Marie Brouwer (for businesses) or Karen Verhoosel (for NGOs) if you have any questions.

For businesses: Lotte-Marie Brouwer (
For NGOs: Karen Verhoosel (

7. PPPLab plans for 2017  
Two years of work has led to solid substance in terms of understanding, thinking, tools and methodologies. These can help partnerships design and implement crucial aspects of the partnership more effectively, and strategically. Our priorities for the coming 1,5 years are 1) to work with PPPs to stimulate the application of what we has been developed to date. This can, among other ideas, be in terms of cross-thematic action research workshops and further development of training modules that others can use for capacity development. And 2) greater integration between our four themes, so each strengthens the others. In the month of January/February 2017, PPPLab will work out detailed plans of the year(s) to come and make it public! 
We always welcome your ideas for PPP research and exchange activities! Please get in touch via our website.

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