Public-Private Partnerships in the Water Sector
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DescriptionPublic-private partnerships (PPPs) have grown in popularity as a method to leverage private-sector actors in the production of government services. With the global challenge of water insecurity, PPPs are becoming more common for large-scale water infrastructure projects such as desalination. Desalination facilities are complex and expensive operations, which means that understanding the appropriate context for PPPs is increasingly important. To understand how different PPP arrangements are used in the water sector, a team of researchers at Texas A&M University examined the global desalination sector and select cities around the world using PPPs for desalination. This brief summarizes what they learned about how risks are shared between the private and public sector, how those risks vary globally, and current trends in water infrastructure finance.
Greer, Robert A.; Pressler, Lindsey (2021). Public-Private Partnerships in the Water Sector. Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy. Available electronically from
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