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Project-focused literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review

Almeile, Ahmad Meile; Chipulu, Maxwell; Ojiako, Udechukwu; Vahidi, Ramesh; Marshall, Alasdair


Ahmad Meile Almeile

Udechukwu Ojiako

Ramesh Vahidi

Alasdair Marshall


Set within the context of developing countries, we conduct a state of the art systematic review of project-focused, public-private partnership literature published between 1997 and 2021. The outcome of this review provides critical insight into trends in publication volume over time, types of projects addressed, chosen research methods, major research themes identified and their variances, but also identifies the critical challenges facing PPP projects in developing countries. More specifically, we find that for PPP projects in developing countries, the three most commonly reported challenges were 'Appropriate risk allocation and risk-sharing', 'Political support', and 'The private sector's financial strength'. We also find that in developing countries, factors such as ‘Compatibility and complementary skills among key parties', 'Competitive procurement process', 'Democracy', 'Efficient approval processes', 'Favourable legal framework', and 'Transparent and efficient procurement' are contingent problems associated with the use of PPP in construction project delivery. The main contribution of this study resides in the detailed identification, evaluation and classification of the literature. This taxonomy provides a detailed overview and evaluation of existing literature; providing for more comprehensive appreciation of PPP.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 19, 2022
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Sep 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2023
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 7
Pages 683-710
Keywords Public-private partnership, Project management, Construction projects, Challenges, Systematic literature review
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