The Global Center on Adaptation launches Knowledge Module on Public-Private Partnerships for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

R otterdam, the Netherlands, 13 September 2021 – The Global Center on Adaptation and the World Bank today launched the Knowledge Module on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure. The Knowledge Module on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) aims to build the upstream capacity of practitioners to integrate climate resilience into infrastructure PPPs and build a community of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Officers (CRIOs) to facilitate knowledge sharing. The World Bank estimates that the net benefit on average of investing in more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would be $4.2 trillion with $4 in benefit for each $1 invested.

Commenting on the launch, Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation said:
“The lack of resilient infrastructure harms people and economies. The launch of the Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Officers Program today is an important step in building the capacity of public-private partnerships practitioners around the world as GCA continues to work with countries and partners to drive investment into resilient infrastructure on the ground.”

Imad Fakhoury, Global Director for Infrastructure Financing, PPPs and Guarantees at the World Bank said:
“Service disruptions seriously undermine people’s safety and their very lives – in addition to affecting economies. The World Bank is making sure that climate adaptation is at the center of development discussions and that green, resilient and inclusive development is baked into infrastructure plans from the beginning.”

The Knowledge Module on Public-Private Partnerships is accessible to infrastructure planners, project developers, public contracting authorities and infrastructure financing institutions around the world directly involved in PPP projects. Through a reference handbook, an online course, and masterclass on Climate-Resilient PPPs, PPP practitioners will be able to gain credentials as Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Officers through a certification exam with certification partner, APMG International.
The Global Center on Adaptation Infrastructure & Nature-Based Solutions Program in Africa and Asia will supplement the CRIO Program by providing targeted technical assistance and analytical support to assess and integrate climate resilience into PPP projects. This complements the work of the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility of the World Bank which is investing millions in advisory resources in the coming years to benefit country partners by strengthening their ability to plan for resilience.

Notes to Editors
About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Founded in 2018, the GCA is hosted by the Netherlands, working from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research hub based in Groningen. The GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications, and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.
About the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility of the World Bank
PPIAF is the only global facility dedicated to building institutions in developing countries that set the stage for private participation in infrastructure and enabling finance for sub-national entities.  The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) helps developing-country governments strengthen policy, regulations, and institutions that enable sustainable infrastructure with private-sector participation. As part of these efforts, PPIAF promotes knowledge-transfer by capturing lessons while funding research and tools; builds capacity to scale infrastructure delivery; and assists sub-national entities in accessing financing without sovereign guarantees. Donor-supported and housed within the World Bank, our work helps generate hundreds of millions in infrastructure investment. While many initiatives focus on structuring and financing infrastructure projects with private participation, PPIAF sets the stage to make this possible.
For additional enquiries and interview requests please contact:
Alexandra Gee
Head of Communications, Global Center on Adaptation
+447887 804594

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