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Guides, case studies and readiness assessments

Case studies
Case studies 
The case studies were received by the UNECE secretariat at different editions of the International PPP Forum, and the ones featuring in these documents were added to the UNECE database of case study material. The case studies are being published as received directly from the contributors. The UNECE database contains case studies from all over the world that aspire to be PPP for the SDGs projects. An evaluation methodology is being developed by the UNECE to evaluate and score projects against the PPP for the SDGs criteria and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Compendium pdf
Case studies 2019 pdf
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The following video case studies, some of which were prepared exclusively for “PPP Days 2012” and financed by the Swiss Economic Cooperation Organisation (SECO), are used in training and capacity-building activities. These video case studies from across the world were discussed at the fourth session of the Team of Specialists on PPPs in February 2012.

1. General introduction to PPPs [watch the video]
This short video provides an introduction to the PPP concept and a link to the UNECE principles on good governance in PPPs. The seven UNECE Good Governance principles in PPP (policy; capacity-building; legal framework; risk-sharing; procurement; putting people first; and the environment) have been universally embraced by Governments and PPP practitioners alike, and have become one of the most used and standard reference on the topic of PPP in transition economies and developing countries. While Governments are using these principles to model their PPP policies and practices (for example, in the area of government procurement), financial and legal advisers use these principles in their own advisory work on PPP to governments;
2. The PPP Project Neumatt: Cantonal Civic Center Burgdorf (Switzerland) [watch the video]
This is the first PPP project in Switzerland and consists of four administration buildings together with a regional prison for 110 detainees. The project which became operational in May 2012, brought together under one roof 19 different cantonal offices employing 450 people. All of the land and buildings are owned by the Canton of Bern, and the overall investment is around 150 million Swiss Francs;
3. The Manila Water Company PPP (the Philippines) [watch the video]
In August 1997, the Manila Water Company took over the operation of water and waste water in the East Zone of Metro Manila as agent and contractor of the government-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System under a 25-year concession agreement. The concession agreement also granted Manila Water exclusive rights to the use of land and facilities for the production, treatment and distribution of water, as well as the rights to operate the sewerage system. The East Zone of Metro Manila is home to some 7 million people. A capital investment of 750 million US dollars was injected in the project since 1997, with an additional injection of 4.7 billion US dollars in 2009 following the approval of a 15 year extension of the concession;
4. Lesotho Hospital PPP (Lesotho) [watch the video]
In 2006 a landmark PPP project to build a state-of-the-art 425-bed National Referral Hospital to replace the very old main hospital was implemented. Besides the main hospital, this project included an adjacent gateway clinic, the renovation of three strategic filter clinics, and the private management of facilities, equipment, and delivery of all clinical care services for 18 years. It also includes a clinical training component to improve the availability of well-trained healthcare professionals. The project capital expenditure amounted to 120 million US dollars, with a Government capital contribution of 52 million US dollars. The hospital opened in October 2011.
5. Outpatient Dialysis Services PPP (Romania) [watch the video]
Four international operators won four-year contracts (extendible to seven years if the operators opt to build new facilities) to refurbish, operate, and manage dialysis centres at eight hospitals in Romania. The concessionaires have invested more than 40 million US dollars to modernize the facilities and expand the services.
6. National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI): Hemodialysis Center Project (the Philippines) [watch the video]
The NKTI Hemodialysis Center is a 1.2 million US dollar facility constructed as a PPP between a government hospital and a private investor. The project involved a long-term lease agreement with the private service provider, and through this scheme, NKTI was able to acquire the latest technology in dialysis treatment thus expanding its services to more patients. At the same time, the services provided in this new Hemodialysis Center are relatively more affordable since NKTI is a government hospital.


Best Practice Guides
Training Modules

Up to date UNECE Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships elaborated the following training modules which are used for various capacity building activities undertaken by the experts:

1.    Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships
2.    A Guide to preparation of an outline business case
3.    Running an effective procurement
4.    An overview of issues related to PPPs and sustainable development
5.    A Guide to the procurement of water infrastructure through PPPs
6.    A Guide to the management of waste through PPPs
7.    Contract Management Manual
8.    Risks in public-private partnerships
9.    How to design the best legislative framework for successful PPP Projects


UNECE National PPP Readiness Assessment Tool


The UNECE National PPP Readiness Assessment (Readiness Assessment) Tool offers a new project-driven policy advisory service, through the UNECE Working Party on PPPs (WP PPP) and the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence, to countries with economies in transition and developing countries, to assist them in identifying existing strengths and potential challenges facing them in developing PPPs and in attracting private capital for infrastructure development, in order to meet national economic and social needs and to increase national prosperity and improve the quality of life of their citizens.

The Readiness Assessment is jointly developed by the UNECE and the host country. Its main purpose is to provide an objective, qualitative assessment of the existing environment, together with the development of a plan to help a country develop its capacity to attract private capital and improve its infrastructure development capability.

The Readiness Assessment strategically identifies national infrastructure needs and strategically analyses the national enabling environment. Crucially, it considers areas for feasible pilot projects and finally develops an action plan.

In the main implementation phase, the UNECE PPP Team performs a field assessment of the enabling environment in the host country. In the next implementation phase, the UNECE Team summarizes its findings and formulates draft policy advice on possible policy measures aimed at attracting foreign direct investment in infrastructure projects by addressing potential barriers in the enabling environment that affects private participation in infrastructure projects. These recommendations are then peer reviewed and discussed with the main stakeholders at a national workshop, before being finalized and presented to senior policymakers in the requesting country.

The Readiness Assessment, which contains the findings and the policy advice as agreed upon with the national authorities, will be published as a UNECE online publication. The publication will be shared with national PPP stakeholders in the host country for reference and use in their further practice, and will also to be widely disseminated internationally to relevant UNECE stakeholders.

1. Objectives
2. “Learning by doing” approach
3. How to request a Readiness Assessment?
4. Countries