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2015 World Bank Group Writing Competition on PPP

2015 World Bank Group Writing Competition on PPP

Well-designed public-private partnerships (PPPs) can help governments improve the delivery of basic infrastructure services to their citizens. By allocating risks between public and private entities, introducing new technology and improving operational efficiencies, PPPs can help governments to maximize the effectiveness of scarce public funding. The World Bank Group defines a PPP as a formal contractual relationship:

“A long-term contractual arrangement between a public entity or authority and a private entity for providing a public asset or service in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility.”

To identify innovative solutions and best practices for developing and implementing PPPs in developing countries, PPIAF and the World Bank Group’s PPP team invite individuals and teams (up to 3 people) to participate in the PPPs Short Stories Competition. Participants are invited to submit case studies, essays and video submissions that highlight innovative ideas for increasing private sector participation in infrastructure in developing countries. For the purposes of this competition, developing countries are defined in accordance with the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee’s list of development aid recipients. The list is available at this link.


Subject areas of particular interest include the following (but submissions are certainly not limited to):

  • The challenges and solutions of PPPs in fragile countries and conflict-affected situations
  • The linkages between private sector infrastructure and service delivery and poverty alleviation
  • The value for money case (particularly ex-post analyses) for PPPs versus traditional procurement and leverage of public resources achieved
  • The challenges and solutions for PPPs granted by sub-national entities and municipalities
  • Innovative private sector financing solutions for infrastructure PPPs
  • Best-practice institutional arrangements for governments to effectively oversee and manage PPPs (including legal and regulatory frameworks)
  • Experiences and approaches to effective post-deal contract management
  • Use of capital markets in supporting PPP solutions
  • Innovative contractual arrangements in PPPs and hybrid PPP structures
  • Successful PPP projects deriving from unsolicited proposals


PPIAF and the World Bank Group

2015 World Bank Group Writing Competition on PPP


The overall winner will receive a $5000 prize and a trip to attend the PPP Days event in London on June 16-17, 2015. Winning entries from each category (case study, essay and video) will receive a prize of $5000.


March 31, 2015


  • Entries will be judged by a selection panel made up of global PPP experts.
  • Individuals or teams of up to 3 people are eligible to participate.
  • All participants must be adults over the age of 18.
  • Only one entry per person (either as an individual or as part of a team) is permitted.
  • Entries are welcome from across the PPPs/project finance industry, including governments, sponsors, advisors, academic institutions and the wider development community, including International Financial Institutions, non-profits and civil society organizations.
  • Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

# Overall quality of submission, including clarity of argument, structure and technical inputs

# Relevance to the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity

# Relevance to PPIAF’s mission of helping to eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable development by facilitating private involvement in infrastructure

# Identification of actionable ideas or best practices

# Innovative nature and replication potential of the ideas proposed or identified

  • To be eligible for consideration, entries must include a completed submission form (download here) and be submitted to by 11:59pm (EST) on March 31, 2015.
  • Entries may be submitted in one of the following categories:
  1. Case study

Analysis of a specific project, including background and context,  major issues / rationale for development, key obstacles or challenges to implementation and how these were overcome

Discussion on the lessons learned from the case and how these lessons can be applied in other countries or development contexts

  1. Essay

Concise and engaging analysis of key challenges and solutions for implementing PPPs in developing countries. Essays may seek to address one of the subject areas identified in the overview section. Essays may analyze existing solutions or propose new ideas that have not been tested in implementation.

  1. Video

Video submissions may take any form (e.g., interview, case study, etc.)

  • Written submissions should be a maximum of 3,000 words and include proper citations and references. The word count does not include footnotes/citations, references, images, charts or graphs. Participants are encouraged to include an image(s) with their written submissions. Video submissions may be up to 15 minutes in length. Submissions may be in English, French or Spanish.
  • Case study and essay entries should be submitted to with the subject line “PPPs Short Story Contest Submission”. Written submissions must be in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and the link should be sent to with the subject line “PPPs Short Story Contest Submission”.
  • All entries must include a completed submission form.
  • Incomplete applications and applications received after March 31 will not be considered by the judging panel. The judges will not consider information that exceeds the specified word limit or video length.


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