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Challenges women face in managing Public-Private Partnerships

By Dennis Blumenfeld

By Andrea Arzaba Díaz and Dennis Blumenfeld  

All around the world, women are taking leadership roles in both government services and private business ventures more and more often. According to a global survey conducted by the human resources consulting firm DDI, companies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles. However, female leaders still often experience challenges related to the traditional gender roles that have been imposed on them. It is important for all sectors to pay attention to how such challenges affect women’s ability to serve as leaders, and therefore affect the overall effectiveness of the operation.

Introducing the PPPAmericas Blog Series

By Dennis Blumenfeld

June 20th through 22nd the MIF will kick off the seventh edition of its PPPAmericas conference.

In 2009, I joined MIF to organize the second ever PPPAmericas; at the time, a small, invitation only event. Since, PPPAmericas has grown into the largest knowledge event on public-private partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference is a hub for exchanging knowledge on the latest trends in developing public-private partnerships and for identifying strategic partners and business opportunities.

Building public-private partnership networks and knowledge in the Caribbean

By Dennis Blumenfeld

Last week the MIF, the IDB, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) convened in Kingston, Jamaica, for the third and final Caribbean Public-Private Partnership “Boot Camp,” an intensive training session on PPPs. 

Emerging potential for PPPs in LAC

By Dennis Blumenfeld

The development of infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean remains highly concentrated. Brazil and Mexico account for 65% of total investments, and this figure rises to more than 80% if one includes Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Despite the disproportionate development of PPP projects among countries in the region, governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have embraced PPPs as a pragmatic option for developing their infrastructure. Last February at the MIF’s PPPAmericas conference  in Cartagena, Colombia, there were government officials present not only from the aforementioned countries but from Uruguay, Guatemala, Argentina, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and other countries in the region.

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.