On 13th and 14th July we held our first 2 day workshop at the London International Development Centre.
The workshop was attended by 16 academics and development practitioners with an interest in the role of Public Private Partnerships in development, as a financing mechanism in the delivery of key public services, and the impact this has on inequality.
Ten presentations were given in total, covering different sectors and disciplines...
The morning was given over to colleagues from both South Africa and India, who presented the initial findings from the literature reviews conducted in the respective regions. Yusuf Sayed and Gilad Isaacs gave an overview of PPPs in education and healthcare in the South African context. This was followed by Saumen Chattopadhyay who presented on education and health in the Indian context. Finally Pranjal Deekshit's presentation covered PPPs and water in India.
Findings from the literature reviews point to a lack of empirical evidence on PPPs, and the need to better understand the impact PPPs have on the idea of the public good and the role of the state as public service provider. The importance of including southern research was also highlighted, as was the need for a cross-sectoral approach to the study of PPPs.
Elaine Unterhalter presented on the idea of the public good and the impact PPPs have on this. This was followed by Elisa van Waeyenberge on the private turn in development financing, and Jasmine Gideon on health, gender and PPPs.
Colleagues from outside the network, Antoni Verger and Jessica Hamer (Oxfam) also shared their research with us. Antoni's presentation covered PPPs in education as a public policy approach, this was followed by network member Nikola Wachter on the privatisation of education in Liberia. Wrapping up the day, Jessica Hamer gave an overview of Oxfam's research on privatisation in healthcare and the case of Lesotho.
On the second day of the workshop network members came together to discuss next steps and work out plans going forward.
The next EQUIPPPS Workshop will be held in South Africa in October.
If you would like anymore information about the workshop please get in touch with us.