Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): How can PPPs help deliver better services?

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are one tool that governments can employ to help deliver needed infrastructure services. PPPs are a way of contracting for services, using private sector innovation and expertise, and they often leverage private finance. PPPs can, implemented under the right circumstances, improve service provision and facilitate economic growth.

About The Course

The objective of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of the key principles of PPPs and how they can be used to address the infrastructure gap in emerging markets. By directly discussing the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining infrastructure through effective PPPs, participants will learn how and why PPPs have been used to deliver more and better infrastructure services.

This course is intended for the general public, policy makers and practitioners.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I register for this MOOC?
  • Go to
  • Click on the "Learn for free" button.
  • Fill in your account information (name, e-mail, password) if you are not yet registered in Coursera.
2. How will I know that I have successfully registered for this course?
  1. As soon as you enroll in the course, you will receive a popup message as illustrated below. You will also receive a welcome email along with a link to a pre-course survey. You will receive another email two weeks before the course begins.

  2. The next time you log into Coursera, you will see a “YOUR COURSES” section with the Public-Private Partnerships course on the list.
3. When does the course begin?
    The official start date for the course is: June 1, 2015. The course is open for enrollment in advance even though the course site will only open on the start date.
4. What language is the course available in?
    The course is presented and closed captioned in English. Click the “cc” button on the video to view captions. English proficiency is highly recommended for an optimal learning experience.
5. What is the format of the course?
    The course is offered over a four-week period covering the following themes:
    Week 1: Reducing the Infrastructure Gap: The Role of PPP.
    Week 2: Getting Decision-Making Right - PPP Frameworks and Institutions.
    Week 3: Attracting the Right Partner: Procuring PPPs.
    Week 4: Making the Partnership Work: Implementing PPPs.
6. How can I get the most out of the course?
    To get the most out of this course, you must be an active learner. Access the lessons as often as possible. Review the videos and core readings, and complete the quizzes and peer assignments! It is also a great idea to engage with other participants through the discussion forums, meet ups or social media channels aligned with the course. Applying what you learn through the final project or other assignments will also be vital to your learning.
7. Will I get a certificate after completing this course?
    Yes. If you successfully complete the course requirements, you will receive a Coursera Statement of Accomplishment. Course requirements include gaining a cumulative 50% in the relevant assignments. You will receive a distinction if you score 80% or over. These core resources and assignments will take around three hours per week to complete. More details will be provided after the course begins.
8. Do I have to do the assignments and quizzes?
    No. If you are not concerned about formally completing the course and receiving a Statement of Accomplishment, you can dip in and out of the course, make connections with others, and learn some new things. You are more than welcome to do this in whatever way makes the most sense for you.
9. How long will the course site be available?
    The course will be available on the published start date, June 1, 2015, and will run for four weeks. Thereafter, the course site will be available to review for twelve additional months.
10. What are the technical requirements to participate in this MOOC?

    Since our MOOC offers a rich multimedia experience, a dial-up Internet connection will probably not be fast enough to provide a satisfactory experience. We recommend that you connect via a high-speed broadband Internet connection with a minimum speed of 512 kbps.

    Operating Systems
    Windows XP and higher or Mac OS version 10.5 or higher. Other system requirements include:
    • Monitor resolution of 1024x768 and a display of 256 colors from a palette of 262, 144 colors (16 bits or greater).
    • Audio speakers or headphones.
    • Adobe Flash Player V7 and above (for .flv and .swf files). Click here to download the Adobe Flash Player.
    • Adobe Reader 5 and above (for .pdf files). Click here to download Adobe Reader.

    • Windows: Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox 3.6 and above, Chrome (stable versions), and Safari 5 and above.
    • Mac: Safari 5 and above, Firefox 3.6 and newer stable versions, Chrome (stable versions).
    • Enable JavaScript in your browser.
    • Disable pop-up blocking for
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