What Happens After a PPP Contract is Terminated?

Wednesday 26 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: L11

There are many well-known cases of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for water supply that have been terminated early, from the ‘water wars’ in Bolivia to the lengthy arbitration case in west Manila. The transition from public to private management and the factors leading to the demise of these partnerships have been examined extensively. Much less is known about subsequent developments: is the service brought back under public management, retendered or restructured? What happens to performance? What are the challenges in transferring management control from private to public control, and what are the ramifications for governance and welfare?

This workshop will present and discuss detailed case studies of PPP terminations from industrialised and developing countries. 

The event is hosted by the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. It will explore the options faced by policy-makers when a PPP goes wrong; compare performance pre-and post-termination; and consider the trajectory of institutional capacity and governance. The forum will seek to draw out lessons relevant for future policy design.

Drawing on the case studies, participants will discuss:

- Institutional and governance legacy of terminated PPPs

- Contract re-design and re-bidding

- Management transitions and transaction costs. 


9.00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks by the Chair

Dr. Aziza Akmouch, OECD (invited)

9.10 Case 1: Maynilad (West Manila, Philippines)

Dr. Olivia Jensen, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

9.25 Case 2: Paris

Dr Bernard Barraqué

9.40 Case 3: La Paz-El Alto (Bolivia)

Dr. Nicole Barbery Bleyleben

9.50 Remarks

Thomas Van Waeyenberge, AquaFed

10.00 Q&A 


This event will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss case studies of water utility structure and performance after a PPP contract has been terminated. Drawing on case studies from around the world, it aims to stimulate research and debate.The Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, is an academic institution that does not represent the interests of any interest group and seeks to promote informed debate.