World Bank’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Short Stories Competition-$5000 Grand Prize & A Trip To London

World Bank’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Short Stories Competition-$5000 Grand Prize & A Trip To London

Deadline: March 31, 2015

World Bank Group’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) team invite individuals and teams (up to 3 people) to participate in the PPPs Short Stories Competition. This competition is aimed at identifying innovative solutions and best practices for developing and implementing PPPs.

Participants are invited to submit case studies, essays and video submissions that highlight innovative ideas for increasing private sector participation in infrastructure in developing countries. For the purposes of this competition, developing countries are defined in accordance with the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee’s list of development aid recipients. See list here.

Potential Subject Areas

Note: Entries are not limited to these areas

  • The challenges and solutions of PPPs in fragile countries and conflict-affected situations
  • The linkages between private sector infrastructure and service delivery and poverty alleviation
  • The value for money case (particularly ex-post analyses) for PPPs versus traditional procurement and leverage of public resources achieved
  • The challenges and solutions for PPPs granted by sub-national entities and municipalities
  • Innovative private sector financing solutions for infrastructure PPPs
  • Best-practice institutional arrangements for governments to effectively oversee and manage PPPs (including legal and regulatory frameworks)
  • Experiences and approaches to effective post-deal contract management
  • Use of capital markets in supporting PPP solutions
  • Innovative contractual arrangements in PPPs and hybrid PPP structures
  • Successful PPP projects deriving  from unsolicited proposals


  • All participants must be adults over the age of 18.
  • Only one entry per person (either as an individual or as part of a team) is permitted.
  • Individuals or teams of up to 3 people are eligible to participate.
  • Entries are welcome from across the PPPs/project finance industry, including governments, sponsors, advisors, academic institutions and the wider development community, including International Financial Institutions, non-profits and civil society organizations.

The following groups of people are ineligible

  • World Bank Group staff, including its consultants, contractors and their employees
  • Persons or entities who are ineligible to receive Bank funds under the Bank’s Anti-Corruption Guidelines, Corporate Procurement Policy and Operational Procurement and Consultant Guidelines, and other applicable rules are ineligible to receive Prizes or Awards.


  • Overall winner will receive a $5000 prize and a trip to attend the PPP Days event in London on June 16-17, 2015
  • Winning entries from each category (case study, essay and video) will receive a prize of $5000
  • Selected entries will be featured on the PPIAF and World Bank Group website

Individuals and teams are eligible to win one prize only. If a team is selected as the winner, the cash prize will be divided among the team members. If a team is selected as the overall winner team members will be asked to select one representative to attend the PPP Days event.

How to Enter

  • Entries must include a completed submission form and be submitted to [email protected] by 11:59pm (EST) on March 31, 2015.
  • Download submission form here.
  • Entries may be submitted either as a case study, an essay or a video format

 1. Case study

  • Analysis of a specific project, including background and context,  major issues / rationale for development, key obstacles or challenges to implementation and how these were overcome
  • Discussion on the lessons learned from the case and how these lessons can be applied in other countries or development contexts

2.  Essay

  • Concise and engaging analysis of key challenges and solutions for implementing PPPs in developing countries
  • Essays may seek to address one of the subject areas identified in the overview section
  • Essays may analyze existing solutions or propose new ideas that have not been tested in implementation.

Note: Written submissions should be a maximum of 3,000 words and include proper citations and references. The word count does not include footnotes/citations, references, images, charts or graphs. Participants are encouraged to include an image(s) with their written submissions. Written submissions must be in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Case study and essay entries should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “PPPs Short Story Contest Submission”.

 3. Video

  • Video submissions may take any form (e.g., interview, case study, etc.)
  • Video submissions may be up to 15 minutes in length. Submissions may be in English, French or Spanish.
  • Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and the link should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “PPPs Short Story Contest Submission”

Assessment Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria

  • Overall quality of submission, including clarity of argument, structure and technical inputs
  • Relevance to the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity
  • Relevance to PPIAF’s mission of helping to eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable development by facilitating private involvement in infrastructure
  • Identification of actionable ideas or best practices
  • Innovative nature and replication potential of the ideas proposed or identified

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