What are PPDPs?
A PPDP (Public Private Development Partnership) is a way of delivering and funding public services with wider development impact. The investment, risks, responsibilities and rewards are shared between the public sector, the private sector and a development partner. The Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach, which is based on the assumption that certain public goods can be delivered more efficiently and effectively by the private sector, is not new as such. However, adding the “D” (Development), thereby turning PPP into PPDP, is a relatively new and innovative method. It stems partly from the Sustainable Development Goals which can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation.
PPDPs are used in areas where poverty reduction cannot be achieved by separating private actors, the public sector and development agencies, and where all these actors share a common goal. To make a PPDP successful, it has to create benefits for all parties.
The LKDF uses PPDPs in the context of skills development and vocational training centers, thereby particularly targeting Goals 17, 4, 9, 8 and 5. In a typical LKDF project, the private sector brings in equipment and know-how, the public sector contributes buildings and staff-time, and the development partners provide funding for the development objectives, and linkages to the government. Moreover, the development partners act as a neutral body bringing the different parties together. The common goal in such projects is to create a highly skilled workforce, because this improves opportunities for businesses on the one hand, and reduces unemployment and poverty in the other hand.