Learning from on-going PPP Facilities: Do we effectively stimulate transformational change?

Transforming the food and water domains to tackle deep issues of poverty, lack of access to basic needs, inequality, and resilience in the face of growing and changing demands is a massive task. Over the last five years the Dutch Government has launched PPP initiatives to tackle these issues in novel ways. The essential ambition is to  a) tackle tough development issues by joining the capacities, dynamics and ingenuity of different actors (business, NGOs. Government, knowledge and finance actors), and b) to connect public funding with commercial finance and increase financial sustainability by focusing on viable business cases.

On October 5th, 35 peers came together in a PPP Cafe to reflect on the degree to which Dutch-supported PPP instruments and PPPs are making headway and starting to contribute to systemic and transformational change. Lessons learned from mid-term reviews (MTRs) of three Dutch PPP support facilities provided discussion meat to chew on:

  • FDOV (Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security),
  • FDW (Sustainable Water Fund) and,
  • G4AW (Geodata for Agriculture and Water) 

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The questions raised during the MTRs and Café are important ones, not only for the continued success of the three instruments and the PPPs they support, but for the communities and wider development goals that these PPPs seek to serve. Further open discussion on the ambition versus the delivery is necessary to really grasp how PPPs can contribute to transformations and systemic change in practice.

The PPPLab will carry on this process, in an upcoming Exploration Series publication and at the PPPLab Day on “PPPs for Transformation” on November 30th

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