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Education PPPs get new boost from world leaders

By David Bloomgarden

(C)2013 GEMS Education 

What do former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza, Ugandan Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Maria Kiwanuka, and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo have in common? They all agree that access to education, especially girls’ education, is essential for poverty reduction, and that it requires the development of an environment that supports effective public -private partnerships, including a regulatory framework that ensures access, quality, relevance and equity in education provision.

New Frontiers and Sectors for PPPs: The Case of Education

By David Bloomgarden

The terms “PPPs” (public-private partnerships) and “concessions” are no longer confined to transport, energy or other basic infrastructure projects. These models can also be applied to new sectors, such as the cultural or the health sector, education, or used for emerging issues public sector installations are facing such as energy efficiency. This message was clear from discussions at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)’s 2013 PPPAmericas conference, which took place last month in Cartagena, Colombia. (Please visit to access video archives of the conference sessions, and much more information about the event.)  In this post, I would like to focus on the case of education, an area that is of special importance for the development of the region.

Beyond Microfinance. Integrated Services for a better quality of life

By David Bloomgarden

By Celia Bedoya, MIF Specialist
On Monday, one of the specialized sessions before the Foromic organized jointly by Freedom for Hunger and the MIF Basic Services Area, presented different experiences of MFIs and other entities on how to offer integrated services to their clients, focus on education and health services, and products to increase access to basic services as water and sanitation and energy.

Can Public Private Partnerships work in Haiti?

By David Bloomgarden


In Port-au-Prince on July 27, the MIF sponsored a seminar on public-private partnerships (PPPs) with officials from the Haitian Ministry of Finance and other government agencies. Based on our discussions with the government and other stakeholders in Haiti, we at the MIF believe that the private sector can and should play a major role in fostering economic growth and reducing poverty in Haiti. In areas as diverse as tourism, coffee and mango farming, and venture capital, the Haitian public and private sectors are already collaborating with the MIF to stimulate job creation and business growth. PPPs offer powerful models through which the private sector can engage in economic development in Haiti. 

Is Haiti ready and able to implement PPPs? 

Latin America and the Caribbean: A key destination for Public Private Partnerships

By David Bloomgarden

In recent months, there have been interesting developments in the world of Public Private Partnerships which will affect how governments manage these programs in the future. I had the opportunity to attend the PPP Days 2012  in Geneva the last week of February to discuss with representatives from over 90 countries.

Although Latin America and the Caribbean were outnumbered by European, African and Asian countries, the region stood out in terms of its global importance in the PPP market worldwide. Between 1990 and 2011, it accounted for 31% of PPPs globally. Latin America and the Caribbean is also the largest destination for PPP investment in the world. We at the Multilateral Investment Fund have been a partner from the beginning for many of the most significant PPP programs in the region including Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico as well as new and promising PPP programs such as Uruguay – all of which were represented at the conference.

Key issues of the discussion centered on:

  • renewed pressure of the costs of financing,
  • shortened tenors in many private markets, and
  • transparency, governance and accountability.