AFRODAD joined various stakeholders and regional Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) during the regional conference that took place on July 2-3, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two day multi-stakeholder conference emanated from growing concern about southern African countries' rising debt level, which threatens developmental aspirations.    Dr. Fanwell Bokosi, AFRODAD's Executive Director represented the organisation as a panellist on one of tabled discussion topics: 'Public-private partnership blessing or a curse?' with a specific emphasis on the pros and cons of PPPs in the region. AFRODAD through Dr. Bokosi highlighted the other face of PPPs that cannot be overlooked.  He tackled challenges that are associated with PPPs such as very high cost compared to public services and difficulties to negotiate and renegotiate them. They are also risky and they often lack transparency and sufficient accountability. He highlighted that there are very few PPPs that have delivered the developmental outcomes that they set out to deliver. AFRODAD's position is that African Countries that wish to deal with PPPs should demarcate specific projects which require PPPs since financing gaps will always be there and they are not supposed to be financed in a similar manner depending on their nature. African governments should not be pressured to execute such projects in a rush. There is need to plan for what is important and relevant for the betterment of the community that deserves better service delivery and responsible governments.   Through this conference OSISA managed to capture and document experts' views on PPPs and they will be used for advocacy towards African governments.

 

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