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When I first arrived in Liberia, the West African nation was just emerging from 13 years of two civil wars that had decimated its entire infrastructure. Many public services, including electricity, water, roads, and schools were in ruin. The evidence of the war was everywhere. Bullet ridden buildings dotted the streets of the capital city, Monrovia. My job was to put together a plan to rebuild Liberia’s civil service and find a way to...

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Can Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) help struggling nations pick up the pieces after conflicts or natural or economic disasters or just plain economies in the process of developing? In an ideal world, sure. The private sector can be a valuable resource for public sectors that haven’t yet reformed to the level that they can deliver good services, whether for lack of money, skills or the right people to deliver them. Unfortunately,...

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