The author is Technical Adviser in Financial Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Room DCI-958, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA. The opinions stated in the paper are not necessarily endorsed by the United Nations.
Sustainable public/private partnerships for public service delivery
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
1998 United Nations
Natural Resources Forum
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 193–199, August 1998
How to Cite
Bennett, A. (1998), Sustainable public/private partnerships for public service delivery. Natural Resources Forum, 22: 193–199. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.1998.tb00728.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
This article defines three kinds of public/private partnership, lists their potential benefits and explains common issues and problems in their operation with examples from developing countries. It then defines and discusses the concepts of social sustainability and financial sustainability in relation to public/private partnerships, and emphasizes the importance of applying sustainability criteria to each partner. It is argued that essentially the same criteria apply to non-profit NGOs as to for-profit firms, despite their differences in goals and values. The article concludes with some suggested strategies for effective international technical co-operation in the establishment of public/private partnerships.