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Strategic Public Private Partnerships: theory, practice, and future challenges for sustainable development


Special issue call for papers from World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

Guest Editor: 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


This special issue seeks to bring together various strands of current policy thinking and practices that share an orientation towards the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, a set of 17 goals were formulated to transform our world by 2030 through sustainable development (SD). Goal 17 focuses on revitalizing the global partnership for SD. Paragraph 67 of United Nations General Assembly resolution 70/1 recognizes the role of the private sector in development and calls upon its contribution to use its creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges. 

This goal requires the engagement of the private sector and the public sector to create sustainable alternatives that enhances the efficiency of public private service provision which ensures that agenda 2030 of the United Nations can be achieved. This strategic alliance that involves PPPs creates a platform for knowledge sharing and the use of capital which in turn becomes a source of competitive advantage for countries that support this strategic alliance.

Businesses are not passive actors in any society rather they have become key institutional players and governments recognise the key role that they play. Within the boundaries of the free market model, most governments tended to assign all services and construction of infrastructure through tenders offered to the private sector companies. This means the partnership in this context took the form of two partners, one make the plans and the budgets earmarked to finance these projects, while the other partner take the role of executives who transform the plans and projects into factual living successful projects. That to say within this framework of thought, the private sector is considered the driver of SD projects and a full partner with the government.

It is worth noting that these PPPs in practice have not been interacting sufficiently as such it is crucial to provide the opportunities and challenges of a new generation of PPPs policy. The contribution of this special issue of the WJEMSD is to support Goal 17 by extending and consolidating this growing area of interest with a view to develop effective solutions that integrates scholarly thought from different disciplines as well as to develop new theoretical conceptualizations. This issue will promote direct engagement of all stakeholders in the achievement of Goal 17 where the role of PPPs for the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development becomes important.


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), Geneve, 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 authors to submit empirical, theoretical and practice-based research papers have been done using appropriate methodologies, new theories that will accurately reflect the challenges on what we know and what we do not know on PPPs. Such studies might be relevant but they are not limited to the list below. Papers can address topics theoretically or empirically through either a descriptive or critical approach. Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

•    Entrepreneurship research and PPPs
•    Role of PPPs in achieving SD
•    Business incubators, entrepreneurship and PPPs
•    The role of PPPs in sustainable economic growth
•    Role of multilateral institutions in supporting PPPs
•    PPPs management
•    Sustainable funding and PPPs 
•    Risk management and PPPs.
•    Culture, PPPs and SD
•    Political and economic governance structures and PPPs
•    Migration, PPPs and SD
•    The changing context of global politics and PPPs
•    Impact and challenges of climate change on PPPs
•    SD policies and strategies and government involvement in PPPs practices and regulations.

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=wjemsd). Please submit manuscripts to journals@wasd.org.uk