About Us


The Public – Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) is a multi-donor technical assistance facility that is financed by 11 multilateral and bilateral donors. Established in 1999 as a joint initiative of the governments of  Japan and the United Kingdom, working closely with and housed inside the World Bank Group, PPIAF is a catalyst for increasing private sector participation in emerging markets. Our mission is to help eliminate poverty and increase shared prosperity in developing countries by facilitating private sector involvement in infrastructure.

Despite progress achieved in expanding infrastructure services in developing countries, millions of people still lack access to electricity, roads, and water and sanitation. Often governments lack the necessary policies, laws, regulations, institutions, and capacity needed for both parties to benefit fully from such an arrangement and to encourage private investment. PPIAF was created to address these issues. As articulated in our strategy PPIAF works to enable the public sector to attract private sector participation and investment in infrastructure. To optimize delivery of public infrastructure assets and services, developing country governments are increasingly looking at Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements.

PPIAF provides technical assistance and knowledge grants to governments to support the creation of a sound enabling environment for the provision of infrastructure services by the private sector. Our clients include national governments, PPP units, regulators, and sub-national entities, including municipalities and utilities, and we work in collaboration with the World Bank Country Units to deliver our assistance. PPIAF is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains field offices in Nairobi and Dakar.

Areas of Work

Technical Assistance

PPIAF assists governments in removing the obstacles that impede private sector participation in infrastructure projects. Through grants and technical assistance, we help governments of low and middle income and fragile countries to create a sound enabling environment for private investment in infrastructure.

PPIAF grants seek to assist governments in creating and strengthening a sound enabling environment for private participation in infrastructure through the following types of activities:

• Framing infrastructure development strategies
• Designing and implementing policy, regulatory, and institutional reforms
• Organizing stakeholder consultation workshops
• Building government institutional capacity
• Designing and implementing pioneering projects


The knowledge portfolio is central to the implementation of the PPIAF Strategy and our robust global knowledge agenda complements our grant-funded technical assistance. PPIAF is well known for its knowledge products, which are key resources for our clients, the development community at large, financiers and private sector entities. Building on this reputation to become a leading facility of global knowledge dedicated to strengthening the institutional underpinnings of private sector investment in infrastructure requires an increased focus on producing knowledge that provides solutions to our clients’ development challenges and the application of knowledge in PPIAF-funded technical assistance activities.

The overall aim of the knowledge portfolio is to support the implementation of the PPIAF Strategy by integrating the identification, capture and application of knowledge into PPIAF’s operations. In order to achieve this aim, the knowledge portfolio is centered on three objectives:

  • To systematically add value to and maximize the impact of PPIAF’s technical assistance activities

  • To provide solutions to clients’ development challenges through knowledge products that can be used independent of technical assistance activities

  • To be recognized as a leading source of knowledge on private sector participation in infrastructure and sub-national creditworthiness in developing countries.

Sub-National TA

PPIAF supports sub-national entities through the Sub-National Technical Assistance (SNTA) program. The SNTA program helps sub-national entities develop their capacity to access market based financing without sovereign guarantees to improve infrastructure services. 

Technical assistance activities include capacity building designed to improve the creditworthiness of sub-national entities and their investment projects, as measured by appropriate local credit ratings and/or actual access to financing. As the responsibility for managing and providing infrastructure services falls on sub-national entities, the SNTA program helps these entities become creditworthy and improve the enabling environment to access financing. To learn more about PPIAF’s support to sub-national entities, visit the Sub-National TA Page

Eligible Countries & Sectors

PPIAF support is focused on activities where PPIAF can have the biggest impact, in the countries and regions where need is greatest. Our strategy gives priority to the lowest income and fragile countries. Sixty percent of PPIAF’s support goes to low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, requests from low-income countries will receive special consideration.

PPIAF can support all eligible countries, which include recipients of official development assistance as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECDDevelopment Assistance Committee’s (DAC) List

Eligible sectors include water and sanitation, solid waste management, irrigation, transport, energy, and telecommunications. Priority is given to activities that support strategies designed to expand access to infrastructure for the poor at affordable prices.

Learn more about activities PPIAF has funded in the past here


To implement the PPIAF strategy successfully, staff continuously measure performance to learn from our application of the Theory of Change. This theory is built on the basis that different conditions are required to bring about a desired change.  We have designed a results framework based on this theory that uses a strengthened monitoring, evaluation and learning system (ME&L) to capture the impact and effectiveness of the lessons learned from PPIAF activities. Additional quality control measures and client feedback mechanisms are also established within this system to ensure the quality of our technical assistance activities.

In addition, this framework is also used as a reporting tool for our Program Council, as well as to disseminate the lessons learned and best practices identified in the ME&L process. For more information visit our Results page. 

Strategic Priorities

PPIAF’s three-year strategy, launched in 2015, emphasizes the need to deliver technical assistance via programs that accelerate infrastructure investment and maximize impact. For this reason, PPIAF can support programmatic activities as well as coverage activities. (Coverage activities are tailored to individual country contexts and designed to plug gaps in enabling environments and help drive sector reform.) These smaller coverage activities often act as the first step toward developing new programs, or fill a gap within an existing program.

Programmatic technical assistance describes a sequence of activities designed to tackle multiple aspects of the enabling environment in a country, region, or sector over the course of one or more years, to achieve wide-ranging objectives.  Our programmatic approach is organized by the following thematic priority areas.

Meet Our Team

PPIAF is managed by a small Program Management Unit (PMU) housed in the Washington DC office of the World Bank. PPIAF currently maintains two regional coordination offices in Nairobi and Dakar. The PMU carries out the PPIAF mandate and manage its day-to-day operations. The PMU reports to the Program Council at least quarterly through the Program Council Chair. PPIAF staff consists of the Program Manager, Senior Management team which consists of Senior  Sector Specialists and Regional Program Leads, as well as Regional Portfolio Coordinators and Sector Specialists who oversee and manage PPIAF funded activities.

Program Manager

Senior Infrastructure Specialists & Senior Program Officers

Sub-National Technical Assistance (SNTA) Staff

Regional Portfolio Coordinators & Sector Specialists

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team

Budget, Information Management, and Administrative Team