Globally, the need for more and better infrastructure is critical, especially in the face of challenges such as urbanization, climate change, and conflict. Public resources alone cannot meet these needs, making private sector participation essential.
The Public – Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) helps developing-country governments strengthen policies, regulations, and institutions that enable sustainable infrastructure with private-sector participation. As part of these efforts, PPIAF promotes knowledge-transfer by capturing lessons while funding research and tools; builds capacity to scale infrastructure delivery; and assists sub-national entities in accessing financing without sovereign guarantees. Supported by donors and administered by the World Bank, our work helps generate hundreds of millions in infrastructure investment.
PPIAF provides grants for technical assistance and knowledge services to support:
- Developing markets, policy, regulations, and operating procedures for private participation in infrastructure
- Strengthening the capacity of government contracting authorities
- Improving creditworthiness of public counterparties to financing and PPP contracts
- Supporting pioneering PPP transactions in fragile countries and sub-sovereign financing
The Critical Upstream
PPIAF is the only global facility dedicated to strengthening the foundation of governments in emerging markets and developing countries so they can generate a pipeline of bankable projects. Since 1999, PPIAF has been helping governments develop the policies, laws, regulations, institutions, and capacity needed to encourage private investment in infrastructure. This helps everyone: the public sector, investors, local businesses, and most importantly, the general population.
What we do
PPIAF achieves its mission by providing knowledge and technical assistance grants to governments. Our clients include national governments, PPP units, regulators, and sub-national entities, including municipalities and utilities. We work in collaboration with the World Bank Country Units to deliver our technical assistance.
PPIAF has helped its government clients achieve successes in developing infrastructure. For example:
- Afghanistan: PPIAF supported a telecoms law that established an independent regulatory authority thus enabling the sector to develop.
- Senegal: An action plan developed with PPIAF support led to a 30-year concession for the construction and management of a toll road.
- Nicaragua: PPIAF upstream support for a World Bank off-grid electricity project contributed to bring power to thousands of families in rural areas.
PPIAF also works with sub-national entities through the Sub-National Technical Assistance (SNTA) Program to help them raise financing for local infrastructure projects.
PPIAF enjoys a global reach that stems from its being embedded with the World Bank and links to international development agencies. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains field offices in Nairobi, Singapore, Kosovo and Dakar.