PPPLab Newsletter #06
In this newsletter:
  1. Welcome to our sixth newsletter!
  2. Editorial by PPPLab's Joost Guijt: Learning from peers: opportunity or cost?
  3. Reminder- Welcome to our event: 'Making PPPs work'
  4. Interview with two Partnership Brokers: why bother with partnership brokering and partnering tools?
  5. PPPLab in Action: in Nairobi
  6. Interview with Flip van Koesveld: " More is not always merrier"
  7. Upcoming PPPLab publications: available in September
  8. Interesting reads recommended PPP reads for you

1. Welcome to the sixth PPPLab newsletter! 

Most of you are probably back at work after summer holidays, have gone through all the unread emails and are now making plans for the coming months. We at PPPLab are starting the autumn with the learning event 'Making PPPs work' and we are very much looking forward to a day of sharing and connecting. In this newsletter we have two interesting interviews about strategies for partnering and practical tips on improving the partnership collaboration.This month we will have several publications ready to share with you so keep checking our website. Hope to see you on the 15th of September!


2. Editorial by PPPLab's Joost Guijt

Learning from peers: opportunity or cost?
Its always a pleasure to enjoy the view from on high. Looking out of the window of an airplane as it lands near home, climbing to the top of a hill, using Google’s satellite view: it all gives fresh perspective and new patterns.

Within the PPPLab we have the pleasure of looking across many partnerships. There is rich diversity, and also rough patterns to be seen. One pattern is a widespread strong commitment to improving smallholder and low-income groups’ livelihoods. Another is often the need for a long inception phase to build a clear, well-functioning partnership. Smaller patterns are found across multiple, but not all partnerships. Examples include a the need to clarify an underlying business case, the search for the effective engagement with the public partners, and how to make the partnership work more efficiently. Read more


3. REMINDER: Welcome to 'Making PPPs work'
There are still spots available for the free, practical day with sessions covering themes like financing strategies, smart scaling, making your partnering process more effective and understanding the role of in-country public sectors in PPPs.

Here you can see the programme with more information and a preliminary schedule. Feel free to share this invitation in your networks!

Time: 9:00-16:30
Location: New World Campus, The Hague, the Netherlands
Free of charge

Interested? Please register through or for more information follow us on twitter.

4. Interview: Why bother with Partnership Brokers and partnering tools?
Given the nature and depth of the global challenges we face you probably do not have to convince anyone anymore that we need (multi-stakeholder) partnerships to realize sustainable solutions to complex development issues at scale. But reaching across boundaries and engaging in a partnership with organisations that are not part of your usual crowd can be a big challenge and many partnerships do not survive or thrive. Two Partnership Brokers, Bas Gadiot (Crosswise works) & Herman Brouwer (Wageningen University & Research-CDI) give their view on what partnerships could pay more attention to, how partnership brokers can help highlighting the blind spots and what the benefit of reflecting with a tool like PPPLab’s Partnering Process tool can be. Read the whole interview.


5. PPPLab in Action in Nairob
Kenya RAPID is a five-year development program of the Millennium Water Alliance bringing together public and private institutions and communities to increase access to water and sanitation for people and water for livestock and to rebuild a healthy rangeland-management ecosystem.

A “Private Sector Engagement Learning Event” was organized for the facilitating NGOs and County ( = local government) staff of the five arid/ semi-arid northern Counties involved in the program. Aqua for All, as a key partner in the Kenya RAPID program, was in the lead of organizing the learning event and could directly apply PPPLab’s learning. The PPPCanvas was well received among participants and appreciated as an easy to understand, useful tool in their exploration of what can (and can’t) be done in the five counties. This northern part of Kenya is often affected by droughts, has high poverty rates and low access to basic services. So not an easy feat to engage the private sector and develop PPPs in these counties. With help of PPPLab’s work (… in progress!) on financing strategies important aspects to consider for the financing of PPPs could be explained. Read more


6. Interview with Flip van Koesveld: "More is not always merrier"
Wageningen University – Applied Plant Research is since 2012 the knowledge partner of the partnership called SEVIA in Tanzania. SEVIA is a private sector driven project, funded by two world leaders in vegetable seeds: East-West Seeds and Rijk Zwaan, and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under FDOV. The partners have an interest to develop the African vegetable sector and contribute to food security by providing adapted varieties to the farmers and by setting up an African Institute for Vegetable Technology. Flip van Koesveld who represents the knowledge partner shares in this interview about his experience in working in PPPs and about his firm believe that more partners is not always merrier. He states that if a partnership should be successful 3-4 partners is the best choice. Read the whole interview


7. Upcoming PPPLab publications
The PPPLab colleagues have the last months been working on several publications that will in September be available on our website. These are:

Explorations 03 – A portfolio scan of the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security
This working document is an updated version of Explorations 3 and presents an analysis of the portfolio of projects approved under the first and second call of the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). This not only gives an in-depth understanding of the type of PPPs that FDOV is comprised of, it will also be linked to an assessment of the portfolio’s relevance to Dutch development policy.

Insights serie 04 - Financing Public-Private Partnerships
The very nature of a PPP allows the use of innovative funding mechanisms. This entry in the ‘Insight Series’ will give an overview of innovative funding opportunities and will act as a guide on starting the process of raising financial resources. In this booklet, we will clearly distinguish the initial funding from the business logic of the project

Insights serie 05 – Scaling: from simple models to rich strategies
This sense making paper seeks to get beyond the buzzwords around scaling and to a more comprehensive and real-life understanding. We have collected concepts, frameworks, models and approaches on scaling and present an overview and synthesis of these. The findings are also based on a number of interviews with ‘thought leaders’ and program managers working with real-life cases.

8. Interesting reads 
The PPPLab would like to share the following interesting reads and resources on PPPs with you: We always welcome your ideas for PPP research and exchange activities! Please get in touch via our website.

We aim to send this newsletter to those who are keen to be informed about what we, and others, are finding out and doing about PPPs. If this newsletter is not right for you, you can unsubscribe via the link at the bottom. Do pass it on to a more appropriate person in your partnership: ask them to subscribe for the next newsletter.