This module presents municipal practitioners with a series of fundamental questions concerning the municipality’s institutional capacity and the applicable legal and regulatory framework to provide a basic assessment of whether the municipality is ready to pursue a PPP project or program. It is not essential that a jurisdiction or municipality demonstrates all the characteristics outlined in this module before attempting to implement a PPP. However, the following tool can help a municipality better assess its institutional strengths and weaknesses in terms of capacity to implement a PPP and identify reforms that may be needed to obtain sufficient expertise, capacity, and legal authority to use PPPs.
This tool is organized around six general statements that, if true, tend to indicate the municipality is well positioned to pursue a PPP. Each statement is accompanied by a brief explanation of its relevance and followed by a non-exhaustive series of illustrative questions designed to walk practitioners through a set of more specific topics that are generally relevant to the accuracy of the statement. After reviewing these questions—and with due consideration to any additional, relevant information that may not be directly addressed by these questions—practitioners should indicate the extent to which they agree or disagree with each general statement.