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Top PPPs in Emerging Markets Recognized by IFC and Infrastructure Journal



International tenders, management agreements, and risk allocation methodologies may not come to mind when you think about reducing poverty. But these are some of the tools behind public-private partnerships, or PPPs, which are becoming increasingly recognized as an effective way to finance and operate public services, including infrastructure, health and education.

Emerging Partnerships, a publication just-released by IFC, Infrastructure Journal (IJ) and funded by PPIAF, recognizes the 40 best PPPs in emerging markets today, demonstrating the potential of PPPs by providing real-world examples.


Why Are PPPs Important?


Infrastructure and basic public services lay the groundwork for growth and provide paths out of poverty. Every time a village gets power, safe water, a school, a clinic, or transportation links, its people have more opportunities to build better lives. The catch is that it costs a lot of money and requires a lot of expertise to run. That’s where the private sector comes in, and why PPPs—agreements between governments and firms to provide infrastructure and public services—are so important.


Emerging Partnerships’ Findings


The results showcased in Emerging Partnerships reveal the versatility of PPPs. The top PPPs addressed issues as wide ranging as trade, food security, education, health, sanitation, power and the environment. They were successful in both large and small countries, post-conflict countries, and in places with varying degrees of government support for the PPP model.


The common thread among them was the concept of partnership—where government, private firms, investors, international development institutions, and communities work together to address gaps in service and access. The following examples received the top “Gold” recognition in Emerging Partnerships:


KivuWatt, Rwanda

Punjab Grain Silos, India

Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan

São Paulo Metro Line 4, Brazil


These examples show some of the ways that PPPs can help governments build infrastructure, deliver public services and reduce burdens on the poor.


How Projects Were Selected


IFC and IJ sponsored a global competition to identify PPPs with the greatest impact. Drawing from projects nominated by governments, industry, NGOs, academia and other organizations, independent judging panels then selected the top 10 PPP projects from four different regions around the world. Judging panels looked at a broad range of features, including financial and technological innovation, developmental impact, and replicability. Projects also must have reached financial close for at least part of the project between January 2007 and June 2012. Click here for full selection criteria.


Winning projects


East Asia, Pacific and South Asia


  • GOLD: Punjab Grain Silos (India)
  • SILVER: CLIFF Community Sanitation (India)
  • BRONZE: Bhutan Education City (Bhutan)
  • Nong Saeng Power Plant (Thailand)
  • Central Java IPP (Indonesia)
  • Gorai Dumping Ground Closure (India)>
  • NKTI Hemodialysis Project (Philippines)
  • 24/7 Water Supply (India)
  • Aurangabad Water Supply (India)
  • Gujarat Rooftop Solar (India)


Judging Panel

Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa


  • GOLD: Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan)
  • SILVER: Pulkovo Airport (Russian Federation)
  • BRONZE: New Cairo Wastewater (Egypt)
  • R1 Expressway (Slovak Republic)
  • Medina Airport (Saudi Arabia)
  • Rosvodokanal (Russian Federation)
  • Amman East Power Plant (Jordan)
  • KAIA (King Abdulaziz International Airport) Desalination (Saudi Arabia)
  • Jeddah Water Contract (Saudi Arabia)
  • Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (Turkey)


Judging Panel


Latin America and the Caribbean



Judging Panel


Sub-Saharan Africa


  • GOLD: KivuWatt (Rwanda)
  • SILVER: Chiansi Irrigation (Zambia)
  • BRONZE: Port of Cotonou (Benin)
  • Lekki Toll Road (Nigeria)
  • Addax Makkeni Bioenergy (Sierra Leone)
  • Cape Verde Wind Power (Cape Verde)
  • Centrale Thermique de Lomé (Togo)
  • Lesotho: National Referral Hospital (Lesotho)
  • Gautrain Rapid Rail Link (South Africa)
  • Henri Konan Bédié Bridge (Côte d’Ivoire)


Judging Panel


For more details on Emerging Partnerships, including the selection methodology, background of the judges, and descriptions of all 40 PPP projects, read our digital publication or download a PDF of the full report.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #emergingpartnerships.



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