International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Sustainable Development: Is there a role for public-private partnerships? A summary of an IISD preliminary investigation

Samuel Colverson, Oshani Perera
Widely utilized across the developed world and continuing to diversify across sectors, Public-Private Partnerships are increasingly attractive to cash-strapped governments looking to maintain public infrastructure investment. However, PPPs have yet to deliver on their potential for long-term sustainable infrastructure provision, and a substantial rethinking of the business and contractual models are needed to ensure it moves this way in the future. This paper forms a summary of the content and observations outlined in IISDs preliminary investigation into the relationship between PPPs and sustainability principles.


  • Publication type: Paper
  • Publication date: October 3, 2011
  • Page count: 6
  • Publisher: IISD
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