PPPs and the SDGs: Dont believe the hype!

30 August, 2016
This study, written by Jeff Powell of the Public Services International Research Unit at Greenwich University, draws on extensive research and outlines a range of issues with PPPs which are often ignored including the lack of real efficiency gains, higher long term costs and the rife opportunities for corruption.

PPPs and privatization have a chequered history and often lead to declining environmental standards and workers’ rights as well as sharp price increases for the public. A tide of research and a growing trend of re-municipalisation highlights a wider shift in public opinion against PPPs and other privatization models.

The paper also casts doubt on the UN’s recent shift towards privatization as a means for financing development, and highlights the lack of conclusive evidence and many well-documented failings.

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