Strengthening Governance for Infrastructure Service Delivery: The Role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
The "Strengthening Governance for Infrastructure Service Delivery: The Role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)" Symposium, was held from 9-11 March 2009 at ADB in Manila, Philippines. It was organized by ADBI in close collaboration with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the event's host country partner institute, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). The symposium brought together important stakeholders for governance capacity building – more than 40 leading global and regional governance experts and senior-level managers of leading public sector training institutes from 13 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Participating academic institutes represented universities, schools of business and public administration, training academies, and institutes for public policy research; all with an academic and curriculum focus on governance.
The objective of the event was to profile and share pragmatic governance learning materials which would enable participating training institutions to strengthen their learning programs to better address the governance capacity building requirements of the public sector in their respective countries. (See Program) An important governance sub-theme, critical for accelerating development processes and strengthening the delivery of infrastructure services across Asia-Pacific and globally, was featured each day:
- On Day 1, learning materials focused on the role of leadership, and stakeholder involvement in achieving effective and efficient public services;
- On Day 2, learning materials focused on the need for transparent and accountable procurement practices in achieving value for money and improved public service delivery; and
- On Day 3, learning materials focused on the key role of sub national governments and local administrations in ensuring quality infrastructure services are cost effectively delivered to the public.
In his welcome remarks, Dr. Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr., President of DAP, pointed out that "the Philippines is not alone in the journey for a more effective PPP. Some and possibly the majority here … face similar challenges which are good reasons for us to get together and share our experiences". He expressed his hope that "the symposium would cultivate partnership-building and a clearer direction on the role of PPPs in strengthening governance to fully maximize their benefits".
The learning materials profiled included prototypes being developed as part of the MP3IC initiative. Highly interactive symposium group sessions enabled participating public sector training institutes to constructively contribute to the development and design of MP3IC training materials. The symposium also explored with symposium delegates their interest in participating in MP3IC as content and/or delivery partner for the region, and provided a good opportunity to consult with delegates to determine pragmatic approaches for their collaboration.
The senior managers of participating public sector training institutes from across the region, drawing on their extensive governance knowledge base, readily shared their insights on the governance capacity building needs of their respective countries, as well as the pedagogical approaches which they have successfully employed for senior government officials and civil servants trained by their institutes. Constructive guidance and suggestions on how the design of the MP3IC learning materials can be strengthened to better meet the needs of their countries and support their potential roles as partners, was extensively explored.
Delegates emphasized that the MP3IC global learning program needs to incorporate knowledge sharing materials that can support the development of practical problem-solving skills relevant for the diverse governance and infrastructure challenges and situations faced across the region. It was also stressed that the learning program needs to take into account that many DMCs are in the initial stages of exploring PPP options and/or establishing PPP programs. Interest in follow-up consultations on ADBI learning product development, and specifically on MP3IC, as well as in exploring collaboration possibilities with MP3IC as content and/or delivery partners, was high with several follow-up inquiries received subsequent to the symposium.
Dr. Raoul Blindenbacher, Advisor at the World Bank Institute, who opened the symposium, introduced his pedagogical theory on how governments learn. He outlined the 8 phases of the "Learning Spiral" that form the basis of effective government learning, each phase of which is critical for the development of functional knowledge and pragmatic skills. In his concluding remarks, Dr. Blindenbacher summarized his observations and assessment of the strategic design of the MP3IC learning materials, as well as the effectiveness of the symposium in engaging educators and academics from across the Asia Pacific region in the MP3IC design process. He concluded that MP3IC's design approach is highly consultative, since it has involved preliminary target audience surveys and focus group sessions, and continues to extensively engage technical specialists and pedagogy specialists. He also determined that the design of MP3IC strategically addresses many of the critical pedagogy challenges posed by each of the 8 phases of the Learning Spiral. Dr. Blindenbacher congratulated the symposium organizers, the resource persons, and most importantly, the delegates – educators and academics from across the Asia Pacific region – for the constructive exchange of views and positive determination of next steps which resulted from the symposium's innovative forum.
Improving governance and access to quality infrastructure services are both strategic development priorities for governments across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as for ADBI and ADB. A symposium entitled Strengthening Governance for Infrastructure Service Delivery: The Role of Public Private Partnerships will be held from 9-11 March 2009 at ADB’s Head Office in Manila, Philippines. The symposium will focus on three important governance themes:
- the role of leadership, and stakeholder involvement in achieving effective and efficient public services;
- the need for transparent and accountable procurement practices in achieving value for money and improved public service delivery; and
- the important role of sub national governments and local administrations in ensuring quality infrastructure services are cost effectively delivered to the public.
During the symposium leading public sector training institutions from across the Asia Pacific region will be actively engaged in the design of learning products that are in the process of being developed to support capacity building and training on these governance themes in their respective countries.
This symposium is part of ADBI’s program of PPP capacity building and training activities that is being implemented in coordination with the Multilateral PPPs for Infrastructure Capacity Building Initiative (MP3IC). As MP3IC core partners, ADBI and the World Bank Institute (WBI) will be collaborating partners for the event. The symposium will be organized by ADBI in close coordination with WBI, and the host country partner institute, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), together with a number of public sector training institute networks and other knowledge sharing partners.
To strengthen governance and achieve improved infrastructure service delivery across the Asia-Pacific region by enabling national and regional public sector training institutions to deliver pragmatic leadership and management training to government officials that is focused on results, and promotes and supports transparent and accountable procurement approaches which enable value for money and more cost effective delivery of infrastructure services.
- a summary of the findings and conclusions of the events;
- event resources to be posted on the ADBI and WBI website and/or profiled in the ADBI quarterly newsletter;
- a number of discussion notes, case studies and/or exercises, that will be integrated into the nine prototype governance/PPP training modules pilot tested during the event; and
- a number of pilot tested training modules that will be used for MP3IC and other ADBI capacity building and training activities.
The target audience for the symposium is 30-40 senior managers of leading public sector training institutes from ADB developing member countries (DMCs) across the Asia-Pacific region, and other countries in the region as well as globally, which provide capacity building and training to national and sub-national government officials with a focus on governance and/or infrastructure development.
How to Apply
By invitation only.
- World Bank Institute
- Development Academy of the Philippines
- National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of Philippines
- Center for Asian Integrity, Philippines
- Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University & United Nations University
- Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration
- Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe
- Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines
- National Council for Public Private Partnerships, United States