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New Directions in Public-Private Partnerships

By Dennis Blumenfeld

Thursday marks the start of the Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in Panama. One issue certain to be discussed is the region’s continued infrastructure gap, which hinders productivity and development in many countries due to lack of basic sanitation, safe and efficient modes of transportation, and reliable access to electricity. At the Annual Meeting, there will be a panel organized by the MIF during which top experts will discuss how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can be utilized as an effective contractual approach for infrastructure development and service provision. The panel, New Directions in PPPs: New Actors, New Sectors, and New Sources of Funding, will take place on Friday March 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Those watching will learn how PPPs can leverage the innovation, expertise and financial capacity of the private sector for financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining infrastructure projects through long-term, output-based contracts. The panel will also explore when and when not to use PPPs and look at new actors, new sectors, and new sources of funding for these projects.  

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.

Servicios integrados: modelos innovadores para la financiación y mejora del acceso a servicios de agua, saneamiento y energía

By Carlos Sanchez Román

El sector de servicios básicos ha experimentado, durante los últimos años, una emergencia de modelos innovadores para la financiación de la mejora del acceso a servicios de agua, saneamiento y energía. A través de alianzas entre entidades de microfinanzas, proveedores de servicios y grupos de base comunitaria, se ofrecen productos integrados que permiten aumentar el acceso de estos servicios básicos para poblaciones de bajos ingresos.

A Preview of PPPAmericas 2013

By Elizabeth Terry

The 2013 PPPAmericas conference is only about a month away. PPPAmericas is the leading event focusing on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I recently spoke with the MIF’s lead PPP specialist, David Bloomgarden, about what is planned for this year’s conference, which will take place February 14-16, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Un avance de PPPAméricas 2013

Falta solo un mes para la conferencia PPPAmericas 2013, el evento líder dedicado a las Asociaciones Público-Privadas (PPPs) en América Latina y el Caribe. Al respecto, hablé con el especialista líder de PPP, David Bloomgarden, quien me contó cuáles son los planes para la conferencia de este año, que se llevará a cabo en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, desde el 14 al 16 de febrero.

Servicios básicos en ciudades: un estudio de caso de Argentina

By Carlos Sanchez Román

De Carlos Sanchez

La calidad de vida de las poblaciones de bajos ingresos está definida, en gran parte, por su capacidad de acceso a servicios básicos. El FOMIN trabaja para probar y promover nuevos modelos, tecnologías y alianzas que amplíen el acceso a los servicios básicos como agua, salud y educación. Uno de los objetivos del FOMIN es el de desarrollar y probar modelos de negocio sostenibles para proporcionar servicios básicos de calidad a estas poblaciones de bajos ingresos. Este post va a resaltar uno de los casos analizados del Plan Agua + Trabajo, en Matanzas, Argentina.