The SSATP Second Development Plan (DP2, 2008-2013) through its Road Management and Financing agenda promotes capacity building and partnership strengthening for improvement of road asset management and financing. Private sector involvement in road financing, provision and management is an area that needs in-depth understanding  in terms of what works well and what not. In recent years, various forms of private sector involvement such as BOT (Built- Operate-Transfer) and PBC (Performance Based Contracts) have been implemented in the road sector with a degree of success still to be ascertained. The World Bank conducted a ‘Review of Performance Based Contracting in the Road Sector’ in 2011 and produced ‘A Guide to Delivering Good Asset Management in the Road Sector through PBC’ (OPUS, Feb 2012). Also, SSATP intends to consolidate good practices for advocacy on private sector involvement in road financing, provision and management applicable to Sub-Saharan Africa. The task will enable in-depth appreciation of the key principles, challenges and success factors for SSA to increase private sector investment in roads sector. The output of the review will be a set of case studies that would uncover key issues related to road PPPs, including the provision of a clear categorization of the type of PPP structures, and the conditions precedent that would underpin their use. Further, policy guide and strategy will be developed to advocate identified key issues and good practices with the aim to generate interest on PPPs, and enable identification of potential cases.

The objectives of the study are :

  1. To consolidate good practices on private sector involvement in road financing, provision and management applicable to African countries, leading to the development of policy guidance and strategy for advocacy.
  2. To enable in-depth understanding of the key issues and principles of private sector involvement in road financing, provision and management, focusing on road PPPs.