01.06-02.06.2016 | DIE: Public-Private Partnerships in irrigation: experiences, benefits and risks

Event Type: Ninth International Dialogue on Water in Agriculture

Location/Date: Bonn, 01.06.2016 until 02.06.2016

Organiser: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

This year, the Dialogue on Water which has a 20-years long tradition as a platform where science meets practitioners, is jointly organized by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Public-private partnerships (PPP) in irrigation are perceived by some as a promising option for overcoming under-investment in water infrastructure and for improving irrigation services thus contributing to increased yields and farm income. At the International Dialogue on Water in Agriculture we will discuss whether these objectives are achieved and whether PPPs operate sustainably in relation to the utilization of natural resources.

The International Dialogue aims to come up with a framework for analyzing / assessing the sustainability of PPPs in irrigation, based on a critical review of experiences with PPPs regarding their benefits and risks related to their local socio-economic and environmental impacts.

Based on a review of the diversity of PPP designs and entry points for the private sector, the Dialogue covers topics such as:

  • How does planning of PPPs take social (e.g. land tenure) and ecological conditions into account
  • What is the rationale of linking PPPs in irrigation to specific agricultural business models?
  • How are financial risks addressed?
  • Are the PPPs embedded in an overall development strategy for the agricultural sector?
  • What is the overall institutional arrangement that shapes the inter-actions between investors, farmers and public agencies?
  • How is water management in the diverse PPP models organized?
  • Finally, how do these issues influence the successful materialization of such projects?

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions on some or all of the aspects mentioned. We welcome participants with experiences in PPPs from ministries and implementing agencies, multilateral development banks and international organizations, representatives of the private sector, research institutes, universities and NGOs.

Additional Information

The Dialogue series are low-budget activity and allows us to financially support only a few participants from developing countries.

No conference fee; lunch and evening reception provided.

Source: Notification from DIE from 04.03.2016