Community Spotlights: Public-Private Partnerships & Climate Change

By Joyce-Lynn Njinga, Katherine Cunningham

This month Climatelinks focused on climate change-related public-private partnerships (PPPs). We highlighted approaches and experiences of PPPs providing solutions for improved climate information and services for decision-making, reduced deforestation and better forest monitoring, improved access to water and sanitation services, and more.  

We also asked Climatelinks community members to share their PPP-related research, tools, blogs, knowledge portals and other resources, which you can find below!

These resources include a PPP screening tool, analyses on the private sector roles in adaptation and resilience infrastructure, guidance for stronger partnership development, a framework for effective PPPs for climate finance, case studies of private sector engagement in forest management and clean energy development, as well as a call for PPP-focused knowledge products.

If you have related resources to share, please do so in the comment box below this blog! Also, check out the USAID-supported climate change and conflict related resources in the Climatelinks library and related blogs.

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Knowledge Portal & Websites

PPP Knowledge Lab - PPP Screening Tool (World Bank Group)

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G Network)

Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Resource Center (World Bank Group)

Call for Proposals

2018 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals – Topics Pertaining to PPPs, Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure and Sub-National Finance in Energy, Water, and Transportation (The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF))


Building a Public-Private Partnership to Finance the Green Economy (Earth Institute, 2016)

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Public Private Partnerships Strategies in Smart Cities (Smart City Expo World Congress, 2015)

Energy-Efficient Street Lighting in Bhubaneswar, Odisha – A Public-Private Partnership Story (International Finance Corporation, 2017)

Effective Partnerships to Enable Climate Solutions (Western Digital Corporation, 2018)

Webinar: Financing Microgrids – Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 2017)

Blogs & Articles

How Public-Private Partnerships Fight Climate Change in the Cocoa Supply Chain (Cédric van Cutsem via GreenBiz, 2018)

3 Ways Governments Can Involve the Private Sector in Climate Change Adaptation (Pieter Terpstra and Abigail Ofstedahl, World Resources Institute, 2013)

ADB, China Everbright International Facilitate Clean Waste-to-Energy PPP in Viet Nam (Asian Development Bank, 2018)

How Sustainable Guitars Are "Instrumental" to the Future of Cameroon’s Forests (World Bank Group, 2018)

Research, Case Studies & Tools

Emerging Trends in Mainstreaming Climate Resilience in Large Scale, Multi-sector Infrastructure PPPs (World Bank Group and PPIAF, 2016)

What Roles Could Private Actors Play in Agricultural Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa? Insights from Publicly Funded Projects (Stockholm Environment Institute via WeAdapt, 2017)

Engaging the Private Sector in Results-Based Landscape Programs: Early Lessons from the World Bank’s Forests and Landscapes Climate Finance Funds (World Bank Group, 2017)

A Public-Private Partnership Approach to Climate Finance (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank Group, and the Australian Agency for International Development, 2013)

Public private partnerships for climate change mitigation - An Indian case (Dolla Tharun and Boeing Laishram, 2017)

Rethinking Collaborative Arrangements with Local Partners: Better Partnerships between Private Sector and Communities (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank Group, 2009)

Public-Private Partnerships Reference Guide: Version 2.0 (World Bank Group, 2014)

Private Sector Investment in Conservation of Dry Forests and Mangrove Restoration (GIZ via Panorama, 2018)

Making Benefit Sharing Arrangements Work for Forest-Dependent Communities (PROFOR, 2017)

Panacea or Paradox? Cross-sector Partnerships, Climate Change, and Development (Tim Forsyth, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010)

Promoting the ‘‘Development Dividend’’ of Climate Technology Transfer: Can Cross-Sector Partnerships Help? (Tim Forsyth, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007)

Drafting Community Forestry Agreements from Negotiator to Signature ‐ A Practitioner’s View (Kenneth L. Rosenbaum, FAO, 2011)

Public-Private Partnerships for Climate Finance (Nordic Council of Ministers, 2015)

Lessons Learned: Bangladesh Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development – SHS Project (World Bank Group, 2015)

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Adaptation, Clean Energy, Mitigation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Private Sector Engagement, Partnership, Sustainable Landscapes, Training

Joyce-Lynn Njinga

Lyly is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. She has a background in and passion for addressing challenges at the nexus of climate change and international development. Lyly contributes her capacity building, technical content development, and community engagement experience to Climatelinks. She supports and grows the communities encompassed in Climatelinks, connects practitioners with valuable experiences to share, identifies themes for focused engagement and knowledge-sharing activities, and connects practitioners to germane resources. Lyly has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine serves as the social media manager, content entry, and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She also assists with research and writing. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental resources. She previously worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Katherine is committed to helping solve the climate crisis and is excited to apply her skills on the Climatelinks team.

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