What are People-first PPPs?

People-first Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

People-first Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) ensure that out of all stakeholders, ‘people’ are on the top. Its focus is on improving the quality of life of the communities, particularly those that are fighting poverty, by creating local and sustainable jobs, those that fight hunger and promote well-being, promote gender equality, access to water, energy, transport, and education for all, and that promote social cohesion, justice and disavow all forms of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, creed and culture. People-first PPPs must expand in scale, speed, and spread with more people having access to better services at affordable prices.

Making PPPs fit for purpose Accessibility/equity, environmental sustainability, effectiveness and replicability and stakeholders' engagement

Partnerships now must be evaluated according to a new set of criteria which can be perceived and actually are “quality infrastructure investments”. These people-first projects inter alia

  • Increasing access and promoting equity, which means that access to essential services, such as water and sanitation, energy etc. should be increased to people, especially to the socially and economically vulnerable. Furthermore, people-first PPPs should aim to promote social justice and make essential services accessible without restriction on any grounds, e.g. race, creed etc. to all;
  • Improving environmental sustainability, cutting CO2 emissions to move to a green economy;
  • Improving project economic effectiveness: projects must be successful, achieve value for money and have a measurable impact by removing a barrier or creating a new mechanism by integrating groups into the global market place;
  • Be replicable so that PPPs project can be scaled up and achieve the transformational impact required by the 2030 Agenda. This criterion also needs to take into account whether the local staff and governments have received the necessary training to do similar projects going forward; and
  • Engaging all stakeholders either directly involved in the PPP project or who might be affected directly or indirectly in the short and/or long run.