Publicly-backed Private Finance

ODA and Private Sector Instruments: new rules raise major concerns

Moves towards the greater involvement of the private sector in Official Development Assistance (ODA, or "aid") could have a negative impact on the quality and quantity of development aid.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance

Public-Private Partnerships: Global Campaign Manifesto

PPPs (also known as Private Finance Initiatives, or PFIs) are essentially long-term contracts, underwritten by government guarantees, under which the private sector builds (and sometimes runs) major infrastructure projects or services traditionally provided by the state, such as hospitals, schools, roads, railways, water, sanitation and energy.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance

A 10-point roadmap for Europe on the role of the private sector in development

European governments and the European Commission have been increasingly supporting a greater role for the private sector in their development cooperation.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • CONCORD
Maria Jose Romero

Public-Private Partnerships: Defusing the ticking time bomb.


A new briefing from Eurodad reveals how the increased promotion of public-private partnerships (PPPs) by the World Bank and others is having a disastrous impact on both developed and developing countries.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance

Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad’

The Jubilee Debt Campaign has released the report: ‘Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad’ (24 pages, with a 4 page executive summary).

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Jubilee Debt Campaign

Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation

Reclaiming Public Services is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care. This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • TNI

The UK’s PPPs Disaster: Lessons on private finance for the rest of the world

The UK was one of the first countries to develop PPPs in the early 1990s, and its PPP programme, known as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), subsequently expanded across all parts of public spending including healthcare, education and the military.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Jubilee Debt Campaign
Jesse Griffiths

Three principles for aid and the private sector

Using aid to mobilise trillions in private money is a hot and hugely controversial topic. Such aid is no different from any other kind: it can be well spent or badly spent and should meet basic effectiveness principles

  • Aid Effectiveness

The Impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance on Development And Poverty Reduction In Africa: Case of Rwanda & Zambia

Eurodad partner Afrodad has launched a report which reviews and analyses the scope, role and impact of publicly supported private finance (PSPF) that is provided by Development Financial Institutions and other bilateral donors to the private sector and their contribution to positive development outcomes. It further examines the impact of PSPF to development and poverty reduction in Rwanda and Zambia.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Afrodad

What lies beneath? A critical assessment of PPPs and their impact on sustainable development

Public-private partnerships (often referred to as PPPs) are increasingly promoted as a way to finance development projects. Donor governments and financial institutions, such as the World Bank, have set up multiple donor initiatives to promote changes in national regulatory frameworks to allow for PPPs, as well as provide advice and finance to PPP projects.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance