PPP in education

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the education sector—known as “e-PPPs”—come in many forms.

They can be voucher schemes aimed at placing choice in the hands of families, contracting in/out of services from private providers to increase capacity and/or quality of education, or infrastructure e-PPPs that seek to create new capacity at pace and break the build-neglect-rebuild cycle. There are many examples of e-PPP voucher schemes and contracting services in low- and middle-income countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

But infrastructure e-PPPs outside high-income countries are rare. Since PPPs are so widely used in developing countries in other sectors (water, transport, energy), what can we learn from the best models of e-PPPs in infrastructure, and what might a successful Asian infrastructure e-PPP look like? I detect a feeling among multilateral lending agencies that PPPs are not ideal for the education sector. — blog.adb.org/blogs