DATES: Feb 15-19, 2021    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $2245    







The infrastructure gap, estimated at trillions of dollars, existed even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Infrastructure helps connect people to services, maintain quality of life, and boost economic productivity, all of which are now threatened by Covid-19. Once the acute phase of Covid-19 is over, governments will need infrastructure to accelerate economic recovery, create jobs, reduce poverty, and stimulate productive investments. Compounding these challenges is the lack of bankable projects, as well as fewer public resources to invest. Private sector mobilization will be more urgent than ever.

The course on Project Preparation to Bridge the Infrastructure Gap provides the participants with the tools and techniques to review proposed infrastructure projects and assess the potential for such projects being implemented with private participation, through the most appropriate form of public-private partnership (PPP). Specific tools will be made available to the participants to carry out economic, financial and risk analysis of proposed projects in all infrastructure sectors.

Among the course tools are: (a) the financial models of the Toolkit for PPP in Roads and Highways, developed by the World Bank/PPIAF; (b) the project risk matrices prepared by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH); and (c) more recently developed financial assessment models for PPP in transport, energy, water and sanitation sectors.

In addition to the review of essential concepts and available tools, the course includes case studies, hands-on conceptual and numerical exercises. Attendees will deepen their understanding on the key principles behind PPPs (also known as P3s), alternative delivery methods, financial and risk assessments, and the role they can play in improving service quality, addressing O&M challenges, and delivering essential infrastructure.



The seminar will be delivered through 5 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

Course Outline


Infrastructure and Economic Development

• Review of international comparisons
• The infrastructure gap

Economic and financial assessments of PPP projects

• Introduction to economic and financial analysis
• Cost of capital, operation and maintenance (O&M) costs, discount rate
• Toolkit’s Graphical and Numerical models
• Multi-sector adaptations of the models
• Exercise to assess viability of a project

Risk assessment of PPP projects

• GIH risk matrices for PPP in infrastructure
• Exercise to build a risk matrix for a project
• Team presentation

Overview of PPP options and strategies

• Brief history
• Key success factors
• Applications to different forms of infrastructure (e.g., transport, energy, security, health and education)
• Main stakeholders and their interaction

Implementation and Monitoring

• Stages in PPP development from project identification to contract management
• Laws and Contracts - Legal, legislative and contract bases for PPP
• Issues in infrastructure development

Course Advisor

Cesar Queiroz is an international consultant on roads and transport infrastructure. His main expertise is in public-private partnerships in infrastructure and road management and development. Between 1986 and 2006, he held several senior positions with the World Bank, including as Principal Highway Engineer and Highways Advisor. Prior to joining the World Bank, Cesar was the deputy director of the Brazilian Road Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; a M.Sc. in production engineering; and a B.Sc. in civil engineering. Cesar has published two books and more than 150 papers and articles. His assignments include infrastructure advisory services to over a dozen countries. He has been member of several committees at TRB, ASCE, SHRP and PIARC, served as visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and lectured on PPP at George Washington University between 1996 and 2016, and has contributed to the International Law Institute since 2007. He has been a consultant with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several private and public organizations.