Public-Private Partnerships for Development



At ALIARSE we consider public-private partnerships for development (PPPDs)…

…the interactions with joint-responsibility between public institutions and private organizations in which the partners share resources, expertise, and risks, with the purpose of achieving common goals that will contribute to sustainable development.

PPPDs – encouraged by Sustainable Development Goal number 17 – require a fair distribution of power among the partners. They involve an interactive process using rules, regulations, and structures that all the parties share. They require formal and informed negotiation, as well as consensus-building.

The following are some contributions from PPPDs to the social and economic development of the country:

  • They present a new work modality contributing strategic and complementary skills through multiple stakeholders.
  • They provide innovative solutions that are often unique within the specific context and participants.
  • Through optimization and efficiency, they generate values that cannot be reached through individual actions by the partners.


ALIARSE conducts research activities seeking to systematize the best national and international practices for the design and management of PPPDs, to popularize them via publications, training programs, and implementation by our promoted PPPDs.

Promoting best practices for the design and management of PPPDs contributes to decrease the learning curve and increase efficiency for thousands of people and organizations participating in multi-sectoral development initiatives.

For whom? IDB, UNEP, WHO, GIZ, The Partnering Initiative, International Youth Foundation

What? Case studies and systematization of best practices for the design and management of PPPDs.

How many? ALIARSE has conducted more than 10 international consultancies, prominent among which are:

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  • Program for Biological Corridors. German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ – SINAC 2017.
  • Guide for the Management of Business and Biodiversity in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic. German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ – Da-BIO Program. 2016.
  • Research of Recycling Value Chain in Central America. IDB FOMIN. 2014-2015.
  • Case-study: Pineapple Platform in Costa Rica. The Partnering Initiative, TPI. 2014.
  • Baseline development for land governance as part of the project for public-private articulation for the sustainable development and competitivity of the Northern Huetar Region. Special Economic Zone for the Northern Region, ZEEZN. 2012.
  • German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ. Proposal for institutional building of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Central America, and creation of a Fund for Public-Private Partnerships for green economy in Central America, 2012.
  • Mapping the potential of the private sector to improve nutrition in Latin America. Center of Partnerships for Development – IDB Project. 2010.
  • Survey of possibilities for the creation of a Fund for Public-Private Partnerships for Development (PPPDs) in Central America. German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ. 2010.

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ALIARSE contributes to build capacities for both the promoters of PPPDs and the corresponding participants, being aware that the right technical skills are required to reduce the risks and contribute to the efficiency of the joint task.

For Whom? University of Costa Rica, Ministry of Public Education, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade.

What? Courses and workshops, both virtual and on-site, open and in-house.

How many? ALIARSE has trained more than 2000 people through more than 80 courses and workshops.

The most outstanding awareness and training activities are:

Courses | Workshops | Meetings and conversations


  • Social and Environmental Responsibility for road infrastructure projects MOPT- IDB.Center for Research and Training in Public Management, CICAP -University of Costa Rica. 2015-2016.
  • Professional- Technical Course for Managers of Corporate Social Responsibility projects and Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Center for Research and Training in Public Management, CICAP -University of Costa Rica. 2013-2014.


  • Fostering cooperation for the implementation of SDGs. PROSPERA, Mexico – The Partnering Initiative.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Institute for Municipal Advancement, IFAM.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade, MEIC.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Ministry of the Environment and Energy, MINAE. 2015.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Regulatory Agency for Public Services, ARESEP.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Ministry of Public Education, MEP.
  • PPPDs for access.Center for Research and Training in Public Administration, CICAP – University of Costa Rica – SUTEL.
  • Global Compact Network in Latin America.The local networks as promoters of cross-sectoral partnerships.
  • Strategic Alliances.Professional College for Economic Sciences in Costa Rica 2013.
  • Strategic Alliances.Center for Research and Training in Public Administration, CICAP – University of Costa Rica.2013.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Development.Comptroller General of the Republic.

Meetings and conversations

ALIARSE has organized and participated in many meetings, in particular:

  • Meetings of the Global Partnership for Effective Cooperation for Development, Kenya and South Korea. 2016.
  • Presentation of PPPDs Model to the Ministry of National Education of Colombia.
  • II Summit for Youth Social Entrepreneurship: PPPDs as tools for social funding, Mexico, 2012.
  • Seminar on Management of Public- Private Partnerships for Development. Carolina Foundation, Spain. 2011.
  • VII Interamerican Conference on CSR. Partnerships for Development, Uruguay.
  • First Regional Forum on PPPDs for Social Coherence, El Salvador, 2008.


ALIARSE provides consulting services to determine the feasibility of establishing a PPPD, effectively design and manage PPPDs, as well as measuring and monitoring the health and impact of the partnerships.

For Whom? International Youth Foundation – IDB FOMIN, Ministry of Public Education, Ministry of the Environment and Energy – SINAC, SUTEL.

What? Feasibility studies, technical accompaniment, and implementation of PPPDs management systems, among others.

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Feasibility studies for the establishment of public-private partnerships for development (PPPDs)

  • Feasibility study for the establishment of public-private partnerships for development (PPPDs).
  • Appraisal of organizational capacity to participate in PPPDs.
  • Support for scope definition in PPPDs’ design.
  • Appraisal of feasibility of PPPD promotion.
  • Mapping and facilitating the involvement of key stakeholders in PPPDs.

Capacity building for the design and management of partnerships

  • Courses and workshops on design and management of PPPDs.
  • Accompaniment during design of PPPD.
  • Definition of governance structure and governance agreement of PPPD.
  • Development of design and organizational management system for PPPD.
  • Advise for the implementation of PPPD’s management system.

Measuring and monitoring

  • Mapping the organization’s existing PPPDs.
  • Selecting partnerships with the highest scalability potential.
  • Preparing case studies of PPPDs to identify design process, management, results, impact and health of the partnership.
  • Designing tools for monitoring and evaluation (indicators of results, impacts, and health of the partnership).

How many? ALIARSE has conducted more than 10 national and international initiatives, prominent among which are:

  • International Youth Foundation, IYF – IDB FOMIN. Success factors and lessons learned during the creation of Public-Private Partnerships within the framework of NEO in Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, and Panama. 2015-2017.
  • Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education, MEP.Drafting of Training Guide for the Creation of MEP’s Public-Private Partnerships for Development, 2016.
  • Technical Secretariats. Partnership for Recycling, Partnership for Carbon Neutrality, Partnership for Clean & Fair Cacao, National Partnership for Road Security, among others.

Political incidence

ALIARSE recognizes that, to achieve its mission, it needs to have an impact in public policies, to facilitate the construction of a collaborative work culture across the different sectors of society. Sustainability and scalability of the actions led by partnerships for development can only be reached through public policies that make their institutionalization possible.

For Whom? Ministry of National Planning, Ministry of Public Education, University of Costa Rica.

What? ALIARSE supports the development of public policies, including regulations, that promote PPPDs, as well as the creation of tools such as Guides, Procedures, and Processes that allow effective institutionalization and management of PPPDs in national and local public organizations.

How many? ALIARSE’s daily work involves actions for political incidence.

Some of our most prominent initiatives are:

  • Promoter and evaluator of PPPDs category Amcham award for Social Responsibility in Action.
    AMCHAM Costa Rica.
  • Drafting proposal for Presidential Executive Decree for the promotion of Public-Private Partnerships for Development in the public sector
    Solís Rivera Administration.
  • Inclusion of PPPD topic within the curricula of careers in public administration.
    University of Costa Rica, School of Public Administration.
  • The PPPD Guide for political parties.
    Ministry for National Planning.

Projects / Partnerships

Together with its strategic partners and expert staff, ALIARSE has encouraged, supported and managed diverse public-private initiatives. The purpose is twofold: to contribute to the country’s development in strategic issues; and to generate knowledge and promote best practices for the design and management of PPPDs.

The following describes the goals, members, financing, targets and results of those partnerships: