The object of the portfolio analysis was the distribution of develoPPP.de projects across developing and emerging countries, which differ inter alia in terms of their political frameworks, their neediness, the attractiveness of their markets and their significance for German development cooperation.
Using an innovative database, the analysis looked at whether and to what extent private-sector and development-policy interests are aligned within the develoPPP.de portfolio at country level. These private-sector and development-policy interests are reflected inter alia in the selection of countries for develoPPP.de projects, and can be influenced by the enterprises through the submission of demand-oriented proposals, but also by the implementing organisations of German development cooperation through project approval and design. The portfolio analysis thus helps to answer the following questions:
- Which country specific factors make it more (or less) likely that companies will propose a develoPPP.de project?
- Which country specific factors make it more (or less) likely that a proposal will be approved by the implementing organisation?
- Which country specific factors make it more (or less) likely that a project will be prematurely discontinued?
The aim of the portfolio analysis was thus to shed light on how country-specific factors affect develoPPP.de projects, from submission of the proposal, to approval, to implementation. This was designed to clarify:
- to what extent private-sector motives – on the part of the companies submitting proposals – systematically affect the design of develoPPP.de projects;
- to what extent the implementing organisations steer the process in favour of country factors that are relevant to development policy;
- whether in this context a clash of interests or a possible alignment of interests is evident, and
- whether country-specific factors affect the rate of discontinuation of develoPPP.de projects.