PPIAF Newsletter
Issue: January 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) Newsletter for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. This issue provides updates on activities and events we are supporting, as well as publications we have funded and briefs we have recently published.

We are happy to announce the launch of PPIAF’s 2017 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals, where PPIAF is seeking submissions on topics pertaining to private sector participation in infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and sub-national finance in PPIAF’s priority sectors (Energy, Water and Transportation). Please visit the new PPIAF Website for more details.

We invite you to learn more about our work through our recent publications and events. In Kenya, the PPIAF team conducted two innovative events, including the PPP Certification training, to build the capacity of PPP players at the national and sector level. As part of the initiative on Improving Infrastructure Regulation in Countries Affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence the newly updated Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation was launched in partnership with the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. In addition, PPIAF just launched the 3-part series on Traffic Risk, that summarizes major points from the upcoming PPIAF-funded guide, Toll Road PPPs: Identifying, Mitigating, and Managing Traffic Risk, expected to be available in the coming months. PPIAF also released its 2016 Annual Report which highlights progress made during the second year of our FY 2015 to 2017 Strategy and Business Plan. We also would like to introduce two of our newest staff members in our Staff Corner: Ludovic Delplanque, who will cover the Asia -Pacific from the World Bank Group’s PPP Hub based in Singapore, and Xavier Muron, on secondment from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in charge of leading the West Africa Team.

We hope you will find this newsletter and the included resources useful in your work. Please send feedback to us at . Your feedback and comments are valuable and will allow us to improve this newsletter so that it is even more relevant to your work.

François Bergere
PPIAF Program Manager


2017 Call For Global Knowledge Proposals

Earlier this month, PPIAF launched the 2017 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals. This is a demand-driven approach to select proposals within our priority areas and is meant to be the primary mechanism for PPIAF knowledge assistance. The call is open to multilateral development banks, bilateral development agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academia working in the PPP or sub-national infrastructure finance space. We will be accepting proposal submissions until 5:00 PM (EST) on February 10, 2017.



In September 2016, PPIAF conducted two innovative events in Kenya to build the capacity of PPP players at the national and sector levels. The first was the PPP simulation game funded through the pilot PPIAF call for global knowledge proposals in partnership with the Dutch Government. The training focused on post-contract monitoring and was offered to the Kenyan PPP unit as well as implementing agencies that are close to launching their PPP projects.The second event held a week later was the PPP certification training. The PPP Certification Program is an innovation of the Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Multilateral Investment Fund, Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank Group. The program marks an important milestone in the efforts of multilateral development banks to share knowledge, establish standards, enhance professionalism in the delivery of PPPs globally, and raise the quality of PPP projects around the world.


Staff Corner: New Bridges

PPIAF welcomes two additions to our team, Ludovic Delplanque and Xavier Muron. Ludovic, a French and Australian national, joined PPIAF in November 2016. Based in Singapore, Ludovic is PPIAF’s Specialist for the energy sector, and Regional Program Leader for Asia and the Pacific. Xavier, a French national, joined PPIAF in September 2016 as the Regional Program Leader for West, Central and North Africa, based in Washington, DC.
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Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation

As part of the initiative on Improving Infrastructure Regulation in Countries Affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence the newly updated Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation was launched in partnership with the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida.

PPIAF Traffic Risk Issue Briefs

Three new briefs have been added as part of a series that summarize the content of the PPIAF-funded guide, Toll Road PPPs: Identifying, Mitigating and Managing Traffic Risk. This report provides guidance to government officials, financiers, and the private sector as they seek to reduce traffic risk and strengthen highway PPP projects in developing countries.

PPIAF 2016 Annual Report

This report highlights progress made during the second year of our 2015-2017 Strategy and Business Plan. Notably, the total of new grants approved surpassed $27 million – a 60-percent increase over the previous year.


Improving Private Sector Participation in Vietnam

From 2003 to 2004, PPIAF provided technical assistance to the Vietnamese government through a diverse range of activities, including initiatives supporting the legal and regulatory environment for PPPs and sector-specific assistance for transport PPPs. In February 2016, PPIAF commissioned an independent impact assessment to review past technical assistance to Vietnam. According to the World Bank Group's report, Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships Procurement 2017 , Vietnam scored above the averages of East Asia Pacific countries in the stages of public-private partnership (PPP) projects: preparation, procurement, and contract management.


Nigeria’s Public-Private Partnerships Successes and Failures

Since 1999, PPIAF has supported the Nigerian government in facilitating private sector infrastructure investments in the port, water, and energy sectors. PPIAF commissioned an independent impact assessment in February 2016 to review past technical assistance; identify and validate legal, institutional, and policy reform outcomes encouraging private participation in infrastructure; and assess impacts of public- private partnership (PPP) projects.


PPP Tools
PPP Knowledge Lab
WB PPP Website
PPI Database Website
Annual Reports
PPPIRC Website



Visit our online map to see all PPIAF funded activities worldwide. Now available on our website.


Imagining Infrastructure Services in 2017

Building Sustainable Infrastructure One Click At A Time

Acting It Out First: Building Capacity For PPPs In Kenya Though Role-Playing And Certification Training

How Are PPPs Really Financed?

Agence Française de Développement

Australian Agency for International Development

Germany Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung

Japan Ministry of Finance

Millenium Challenge Corporation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Switzerland - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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