Assessing models of public-private partnerships for irrigation development in Africa (AMPPPIDA)

Dr Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute

Start: Jul 2014  |  End: Jun 2017

Project webpage
Research Councils UK project page

Public private partnerships (PPPSs) have the potential to bring much-needed financial, technical, and managerial resources to the irrigation sector in Africa south of the Sahara and are explicitly identified in the food security and irrigation strategies of Tanzania and Ghana. However, previous experience with PPPs suggests that governments and communities need significant capacity to effectively negotiate, monitor, and implement PPP irrigation projects to achieve environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable outcomes.

The project addresses the following questions:

  • What role can PPPs play in the expansion of irrigation by providing for increased innovation through the creation, transfer, and adoption of new knowledge?
  • How effective have PPPs been in irrigation?
    How do different types of PPPs create incentives for actors to participate and how have these influenced environmental, economic, and social sustainability?
  • What are the procedural and distributional impacts of PPP schemes and the ways in which men and women participate in, benefit from, or are affected by PPP institutional arrangements?