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Creating a New Dynamic for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for Sustainable Development: Establishing a PPP "Toolkit" for Countries at the Pre-PPP Stage

Annual Call for Projects 2005


Can governments in partnership with the private sector and non-profit organisations promote peace and sustainable development? This is the primary question of this project.

This research will examine whether, and under what conditions, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can be conceived to include criteria for peace and sustainable development. This would include considerations for sustainable management of resources, equitable access to these resources for both women and men affected by the PPPs, as well as their safety, the security in the region, and the protection of infrastructure.

There are currently no internationally accepted guidelines on whether, and if so, how PPP agreements could incorporate considerations for sustainable and equitable development and for security, and how the participation of non-profit and non-governmental organisations could be beneficial to all partners and stakeholders. This research will not only investigate these questions, but also develop benchmarking criteria for the partners to measure the extent to which they actually contribute to peace and sustainable development.

Why study Public-Private Partnerships? Although private companies are not usually expected to provide public goods and services that national governments supply (such as public security, access to clean water, education, transportation), through partnering in PPPs they can obtain access to new markets and profitable returns at lower risks. This is often the case in fragile societies or countries undergoing economic and political transition.

At the same time, PPPs permit governments to provide their citizens with costly infrastructure and public services that they might otherwise not be able to afford. The international community has recognized this and now encourages the establishment of PPPs, but not of any kind. Rather, these partnerships need to take sustainable development, including human security, social equality, the safety of critical infrastructure and good governance into consideration. To neglect these aspects may represent...

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 309,000

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Project Team

Dr. Olivier Brenninkmeijer , Principal Member, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) .

Mr Oleg Nikolaevich Gurynenko , Principal Member, -.

Prof. Angang Hu , Principal Member, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Ms Agata Koslowska , Principal Member, Investment Support, Warsaw.

Dr. Patricia Lewis , Principal Member, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) .

Prof. Yongheng Yang , Principal Member, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Mr Thomas Zacharewicz , Principal Member, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) .

Related Conferences

Project Workshop: Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) - 11 July 2006
Project Workshop Creating a New Dynamic for Public-Private Partnerships for Peaceful and Sustainable Development:...
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Research Output

Under What Conditions Can Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) Improve Efficiency, Equity, Security and Sustainable Development in Countries at the Pre-PPP Stage?
(available in English only)
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