PPPLab Newsletter #08
In this newsletter:
  1. Welcome to our eighth newsletter!
  2. Editorial by PPPLab's Marije Balt: best ways to work effectively with the public P?
  3. Invitation to PPPCafé: 6th of April on partnering with the public P
  4. Lunch session: discussing the role of the public P, with the public P
  5. New publications: two cases studies
  6. Interesting reads: about the public P

1. Welcome to the eighths PPPLab newsletter! 

In this edition we highlight the public partner in PPPs. The role of the public P (both Dutch and in-country local partners) is one of our research and learning themes. This newsletter brings to you our latest publications on this topic, and how we would like to share our insights with you, so join our activities or contact us.


2. Editorial by PPPLab's Marije Balt

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. Continue to read

(Picture: Lead partner IWAD Ghana Ltd. Managing Director with a subchief in North Ghana)
3. Invitation to PPPCafé: Partnering effectively with the Public P
(note: in the last newsletter an invitation to the PPPCafé was for February. To be able to invite the interviewed partners, the date is now 6th of April)
How to work effectively with the Public P in PPPs in developing countries such as Kenya and Ghana? What are possible roles public partners can play in a PPP? What are the motivations of the Public P to engage in a PPP? How can you navigate challenges and risks when working with the Public P? This edition of the PPPCafé will address these and more questions related to collaborating with the Public P.
This session does not only concern public partners in developing countries, but also the donor, in this case referred to as: the Dutch Public P. A great diversity of public Ps being involved in PPPs, we are zooming in on their respective roles for effectiveness and scale. Ultimately, understanding the public P and related public-private interactions can support a more effective way of partnering and contribute to scale the PPP results.
We invite you to explore with us the role of the Public P in partnerships by sharing experiences of both donors (predominantly Dutch public P) and ‘in-country’ public P partners. The discussion will be informed by insights on Public P engagement strategies and practices from examples in Kenya and Ghana.
Date: Thursday 6th of April
Location: New World Campus, The Hague
Time: 15-17, followed by drinks
Register by sending an email to
5. New publications: two case studies
These two case studies are part of a research project by PPPLab on the role of the public partners in PPPs. This research aims to provide a better understanding of the Public P in terms of incentives, roles, challenges, and partnership practices to support more effective partnering with the public sector in PPPs. The case studies provide an insight into how the partners work effectively with various public partners and actors. The partnership of IWAD Ghana Ltd., supported by the Dutch Government Sustainable Water Fund (FDW), is a unique case due to first, it’s active involvement of the local Government of Ghana that not only co-financed the PPP, but also contributed to a conducive enabling environment in this region, which is also called the Savannah Agro Ecological Zone. In addition, the case highlights the necessary to involve informal leaders on land-issues for successful partnering in Northern Ghana.
The main public partners in this PPP are the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its embassy; the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries; the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service; and the local county governments. The main motivation for partnering is the opportunity to combine the expertise of the public sector with the innovative capacity of the private sector to come up with new solutions for food security issues and develop the agribusiness sector in Kenya. In addition to opportunities, this case study shows that partnering with the public P also brings some challenges and risks to the fore.
6. Interesting reads 

The PPPLab would like to share the following interesting reads and resources on the public P in PPP: 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.