Factors influencing administration of public private partnerships: the perception of staff of municipal council of Nyeri Central province, Kenya
Local authorities are straining to effectively and efficiently provide basic public infrastructure and public service due to financial and budgetary constrains. More pressure is put on them because they are crucial in the country meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and also Vision 2030. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are seen as the main strategy in assisting local governments as a means of meeting the public infrastructure and service demands. There are limited studies on the factors affecting administration of Public Private Partnership (PPP) at the local government level and especially from their view as a partner drawn into a PPP by a common goal while at the same time pursuing, their own individual interests. The aim of the study was to provide management recommendations which can be use to enhance the administration of PPP. A sample size of 100 respondents was used. Questionnaires, observations and interview methods were used to collect data. The data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel and the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), from which frequency Tables and percentages were generated. The main findings of the study are lack of understanding of the Public Private Partnership concept among council staff, some PPP projects lack well drawn contracts and there lacks a specific section or Department to handle Public Private Partnerships considering their unique nature. The study concludes that the Municipal council of Nyeri's current institutional framework is suiting it in the administration of the current PPP projects but there is need to restructure it; the council needs to partner with institutions that will enable it to develop capacity to plan, negotiate, implement and monitor PPP projects successfully; there is need to develop a clearly defined criteria for engaging the private sector and the council needs to review the contracts of all PPP projects initiated before the enactment of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (Public Private Partnership) regulations 2009. The study recommends that the council should create a unit to handle Public Private Partnerships; it undertakes staff training to enhance capacity toundertake Public Private Partnerships and reviews all Public Private Partnership agreements and a line them with the requirements of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (Public Private Partnership) regulations 2009. The information obtained in the study will benefit the local governments to enhance by pin pointing areas that affect the administration of PPP.