Possibilities of solving social problems of African countries by means of public-private partnership

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The article considers the possibilities of the public-private partnership (PPP) in solving social-economic problems of African countries. The authors analyze the features and perspectives of the PPP mechanism in Africa for solving urgent social problems primarily in the sphere of public services. PPP means state-business cooperation in the spheres that are important for the population’s living standards and has large potential for the social development. Some African counties has already recognized the high efficiency of PPP and use this method for solving such problems as lack of social infrastructure and social development, low quality of the public utilities and poverty. The authors argue that the main sphere of implementing the PPP projects in Africa is the sector of information and telecommunication (IT). The majority of PPP infrastructure projects are implemented in the power economy (especially in Morocco and Egypt). Today, the African governments expand the PPP projects to the power networks development and construction, and to the renewable energy sources exploitation. The article provides some recent examples of the PPP projects in different spheres such as the development of social infrastructure in Africa, including education, public health and maintenance of public order. Due to the global trend of the infrastructure services digitalization and extension of information accessibility, African states take steps for the creation of electronic information portals for the PPP-projects (for example, in Nigeria and Ghana - with the World Bank assistance). Moreover, there are all-regional programs introduced to support initiative projects with the electronic platforms.


About the authors

E V Pashkova

RUDN University (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)

Author for correspondence.
Email: lena_pashkova@mail.ru
Miklukho-Maklaya St., 6, Moscow, Russia, 117198

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E V Morozenskaya

Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Email: evmorozen@mail.ru
Spiridonovka St., 30/1, Moscow, Russia, 123001

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Talla Herve Tambo

RUDN University (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)

Email: tamboherve@yahoo.fr
Miklukho-Maklaya St., 6, Moscow, Russia, 117198

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L N Kalinichenko

Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Email: kalinichenkolyudmila@mail.ru
Spiridonovka St., 30/1, Moscow, Russia, 123001

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