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.