Dedicated Public-Private Partnership Units

A Survey of Institutional and Governance Structures

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Dedicated public-private partnership (PPP) units are organisations set up with full or partial aid of the government to ensure that the skills needed to handle third-party provision of goods and services are made available and clustered together within government. Such units enhance the capacity of government to successfully manage the risks associated with a growing number and value of PPPs. Although a relatively recent phenomenon, in 2009 more than half of all OECD countries reported the existence of a dedicated unit of some kind.  

This book provides an overview of dedicated PPP units in OECD countries, including case studies covering: the State of Victoria (Australia), Germany, Korea, South Africa (an OECD enhanced engagement country), and the United Kingdom. It examines the functions and locations of dedicated PPP units, the role they play in the procurement process and  the lessons learned for other countries that have already established or are considering establishing a dedicated PPP unit.


Further reading

Public-Private Partnerships: In Pursuit of Risk Sharing and Value for Money (OECD, 2008)

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Dedicated PPP units: other OECD member countries

Approximately two-thirds (18) of all OECD member countries report that they have established a dedicated PPP unit in one form or another. This chapter provides a snapshot of the institutional arrangements surrounding public-private partnerships in countries that report having such a unit – at national or sub-national level. But this chapter does not discuss the PPP units in Germany, Korea, the United Kingdom and Victoria (Australia), which are discussed in Chapter 2. The snapshot of each country has been constructed drawing on government websites, annual reports and other sources. That a country does not have a dedicated PPP unit does not necessarily mean that it does not have an active public-private partnership programme.

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