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Fears raised about cost of PPP hospital in Uganda

The Uganda Debt Network has raised concerns about the financing of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) hospital at Lubowa just outside Kampala. The hospital is to be built and operated for ten years by a consortium including Finasi of Italy and ROKO Construction Limited of Uganda.

Source: Jubilee Debt Campaign UK

Sydney light rail cost blows out to at least $2.7b after settlement

The cost of the Sydney light rail ‘public-private partnership’ has blown out past $3 billion. “The cost to the government of paying the private consortium to operate the line for 15 years had previously been put at almost $938 million. It is separate to the capital cost—now at least $2.7 billion—of building the line and buying the trams that will run on it. Labor's acting leader, Penny Sharpe, said taxpayers and businesses affected by construction of the line were paying the price of a disastrous project now costing upwards of $3 billion.” Calls for an investigation were prompted in January when it blew past $2 billion.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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History RePPPeated - How public private partnerships are failing

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly being promoted as the solution to the shortfall in financing needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Economic infrastructure, such as railways, roads, airports and ports, but also key services such as health, education, water and electricity are being delivered through PPPs in both the global north and south. This report gives an in-depth, evidence-based analysis of the impact of 10 PPP projects that have taken place across four continents, in both developed and developing countries. These case studies build on research conducted by civil society experts in recent years and have been written by the people who often work with and around the communities affected by these projects.

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CSOs as equal partners in monitoring public finance

CSOs as equal partners in monitoring public finance started from 2016 with the aim to improve accountability and transparency of the public finance in targeted countries and strengthen Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) role and voice in monitoring the institutions’ performance in that area. Key project activities are research and monitoring, advocacy, capacity building and transfer of knowledge/practices and networking in the field of the 4 specific topics: • public debt, • public-private partnerships, • tax equity and • infrastructure projects. More about the project and our work can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BalkanMonitoringPublicFinance/