About Academy

The main directions of activity of the Academy of public-private partnership is educational activity, preparation of scientific and professional staff, increasing of institutional capacity of the representatives public authorities, private business, institutes of civil society, analytical and expert centers on issues management of complex systems and processes, formation and implementation of PPP projects, management of system roles, influence on contexts and interrelations with them, management of changes. The Academy has developed a number of programs on issues of social responsibility, efficient providing of services to the citizens, budget regulation, conduction of negotiations and conclusion of contracts, prevention of conflict situations and risks management, building partnership relations, balancing of demands of communities with their available resources, development of municipal cooperation for modernization of infrastructure, acquaintance with skills of management of organizations in conditions of constant change of external environment that will allow to get competence necessary for successful management of public authorities institutes, companies of private business, institutes of civil society, expert and analytical centers.
The Academy is a member from Ukraine of International PPPs Center on Water and Sanitation established by the UNECE initiative, the objective of its activity is promotion of private funding attraction for modernization of infrastructure of water supply and sanitation systems, conduction of irrigation activities in low- and middle-income countries where the public requires improving of access to quality water and sanitation. The Academy has a partner relations with many well-known Ukrainian and foreign companies and educational institutions.

It is the object of administrative study to discover, first, what government can properly and successfully do, and, secondly, how it can do these proper things with the utmost possible efficiency and at the least possible cost either of money or of energy.Woodrow Wilson, 28TH PRESIDENT OF USA

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is a key UN agency with special expertise in PPP, mandated by its member States to promote the exchange of good practices and practical experience on public-private partnerships and to contribute to capacity-building for public and private sectors officials on this topic. This mandate is vested in the work of the UNECE Economic Cooperation and Integration Division. The UNECE is the only UN body that has an intergovernmental process – the UNECE Team of Specialists on PPPs – specifically dedicated to PPPs. Over the last 15 years, it has acquired extensive expertise on PPPs. UN ECE maintains a vast network of international PPP experts as a resource in delivering policy advisory services, training and capacity building to countries with economies in transition and developing countries.

The UNECE PPP International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) was established in February 2012 with the aim to address the capacity gap of governments on how to do PPPs. The ICoE is served by a coordinating PPP Unit/ hub based at UNECE Palais des Nations, Geneva that is accountable to the Executive Board /Bureau of the Team of Specilaists on PPP and to the UNECE senior management. Several Specialist Centres, affiliated to the ICoE, have been established in countries to review international experiences in PPPs and develop best practices guides. Through the work of project teams, led by a team leader and a rigorous UN process, the ICoE is developing international PPP standards in numerous sectors: health policy, water and sanitation, rural water, water management, procurement and zero tolerance to corruption, roads, railways, airports and ports, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The ICoE assists governments in the implementation of the standards.

In 2014 the UNECE Business Advisory Board was established to support governments in delivering sustainable infrastructure projects. The Board comprises of senior representatives from leading private companies involved in PPPs around the world. It offers a unique type of dialogue between public and private sectors under the neutrality of the United Nations. It assists governments, requesting its services, with the implementation of international PPPs best practices and standards through high level consultation meetings with national authorities. The consultations format foresees cooperation with the national authorities – all the relevant national and local government ministries and departments – high level discussions with Ministers and working level discussions with national PPPs units.


Iryna Zapatrina, Founder of Academy

Professor Iryna Zapatrina, doctor of economics, President of the Academy of PPP, Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian PPP Development Support Center

Iryna Zapatrina is Member of Team of Specialists on PPP of UNICE, consultant of the World Bank and the EBRD on PPP issues, co-author of Model PPP Law for CIS countries, lecturer and co-author of manuals on PPP in many countries of the world, correspondent from Ukraine of EPPPL (European Procurement and Public Private Partnership) magazine. Irina has large experience in preparation and implementation of infrastructure projects with participation of international financial organizations worked as a deputy Minister of housing and communal services (2007-2010), deputy director of Scientific-research financial institute under the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine (2005-2007). She has 112 scientific and analytical publications in Ukraine and abroad, including personal monographs: Budget mechanism of economic growth (2007 / Kiev (Ukraine) – 528 pages); Housing and communal infrastructure: reforms and system of their financial support (2010/ Kiev (Ukraine) – 336 pages); Potential of public-private partnership in emerging economies (2011 / Kiev (Ukraine) – 152 pages); Public-private partnership: potencial for emerging economies (2013/ Lambert Academic Publishing – Saarbrucken – 197 pages); Perspectives of development of heat supply system in Ukraine (2013/Moscow – 200 pages)