EQUIPPPS is a network of academics, policy makers, development practitioners and other stakeholders researching the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in development.
The overall aim of the network is to build inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary collaboration on PPPs that will identify and foster future research.
Part of this is the development of a new policy and analytical frame to understand PPPs across sectors, countries and regions.
This framework will be used to guide policy making that will promote sustainable development.
To do this, the network connects stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, and with differing views, on the role of PPPs in development.
Through such a collaborative approach interdisciplinary insights are generated regarding PPPs across sectors health, education, housing and water. This is to foster a more in-depth understanding of PPPs in development, going beyond the silos of sector-specific specialisms.
As the research spans an area strongly affected by the dynamics of globalisation, EQUIPPPS is driven by the need to understand the implications for inequality of complex mediations between global actors and local circumstances, through PPPs.
EQUIPPPS currently has two research hubs located in India and South Africa. Both countries have significant PPP engagement.
The hub in South Africa is developing the network across the region, in Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania. Similarly, in India, the hub is building on existing links with stakeholders in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In the Indian and South African hubs, international academic experts are mentoring early-stage researchers interested in PPPs, enabling junior academics to develop new research agendas.
How the network is organised
The network is led by Dr. Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London.
Members of the network are from Europe, India and South Africa, and are from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including development studies, economics, political economy, geography and global health.