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Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) as a policy tool to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Special issue call for papers from World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) as a policy tool to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Guest Editors:

Allam Ahmed, University of Sussex, UK (allam@sussex.ac.uk) and Petru Dumitriu, United Nations, Switzerland
Deadline for Paper Submission: 1st November 2017

Email: journals@wasd.org.uk

Background and purpose

The papers in this special issue are relevant to our understanding of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a policy tool to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across the world. There is a continuous interest to highlight that a successful sustainable development (SD) agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. In recognition of this, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, in September 2015, a set of 17 goals were formulated to transform our world by 2030 through SD. Among this goals notably, goal 17 acknowledged that actions were needed to mobilize, redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on SD objectives. As such, highlighting the need for PPPs to be used as a policy tool to support the desire of governments around the world to achieve the desired 2030 outcomes of SD in society.


The special issue emphasises the fact that the responsibility for achieving SD is a global one with the immense value of PPPs as a policy tool to further public policies in a wide range of fields, such as the national industrial policy, educational policy, reducing unemployment, improving employment conditions, support for small businesses, local development which in equal measure supports the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is hoped that the outcomes of this special issue will help develop a framework for the analysis of the role of PPPs and help policy makers to constructs an “ideal role” for such Multi-stakeholder partnerships in the achievement of the United Nations SDGs.
The special issue seeks to spark a new debate on the meaning of and conditions for PPPs as a policy tool, with a specific focus on the role that review and monitoring frameworks, regulations and incentive structures play in attracting PPPs investments and at the same time reinforcing the SD commitments of the government. The special issue seeks to mobilise contributions in any of those strands concerned with PPPs as a policy tool.


You can find more relevant details about the special issue from the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) 16th International Conference entitled “Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, co-organized and hosted by the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), Geneva, Palais de Nations, 10-12 April 2018. We are specifically keen to explore the UN SDGs and PPPs as well as the work currently undertaken by the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) on PPPs and SD.


We invite theoretical, conceptual, empirical and methodological contributions. The following lead Questions illustrate the broad remit and ambition of the special issue:

  • Understanding directionality in PPPs policy
  • What theories and concepts can help us to understand the conditions and challenges for PPPs policy?
  • What theories help us to understand the political processes and institutional structures that determine the relationship between PPPs and SD in society? What is the specific role of the state in PPPs policy that defines the direction?
  • How can we understand and improve processes to organise PPPs in the context of SD policies, which starts with or focuses on needs and demands of each country’s policy space to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and SD?
  • Are there any new models/frameworks of organising PPPs policy that enhances the partnership for SD, in particular developing countries (DCs)?
  • Understanding the role of Science, Technology-based PPPs in supporting domestic resource mobilisation focusing on SD
  • What do we know empirically about the effects of science, Technology-based PPPs in terms of their contribution to achieving goals the desired 2030 outcomes of SD in society?
  • What do we know about the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies in the form of PPP to DCs on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed support the achievement of SDGs?
  • What do we know and need to know about the role of ICT in the monitoring and accountability of PPPs?

Guidelines for authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please kindly read the author guidelines on the journal homepage before submitting your manuscript, to ensure it is consistent with the journal style:

(http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=wjstsd)