Factor analysis of critical success factors for water infrastructure projects delivered under public–private partnerships

Khotso Dithebe, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke

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Abstract

Purpose: The role of public–private partnerships (PPP) as a strategic initiative to improve and accelerate service delivery in the form of newly built and revitalised water infrastructure assets in developing countries cannot be over-emphasised. Hence, the purpose of this study is to assess and highlight the importance of critical success factors for water infrastructure projects delivered under public–private partnerships. Design/methodology/approach: A survey design was used and a questionnaire was administered to stakeholders who have participated in delivering water infrastructure assets in South Africa. Out of 150 administered questionnaires, only 91 were returned and usable for analyses, representing a 61 per cent response rate. The data gathered were then analysed using descriptive and factor analysis. Findings: The study revealed that thorough planning for project viability, high levels of transparency and accountability and a legal framework stipulating policy continuity are the CSFs for delivering water infrastructure projects under the PPP initiative. The findings emerging from factor analysis owing to a close variance revealed the importance of the following grouped factors, namely, public cooperation, project viability and policy and legislation enhancement. Practical implications: From the results, it is clear that the public sector, as the facilitator of infrastructure development, should create an environment that is conducive for private capital through political will and commitment and the enhancement of policy and legislation where there is no or minimal private participation. Originality/value: Adequate infrastructure investment from private capital promises to flourish economically and improve the living conditions of the public in the cities and the country at large. To further guarantee the reality of PPPs at a local level, the host government must adequately engage and enlighten the public.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-357
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Central governments
  • Critical success factors
  • Policy and legislation flexibility
  • Private capital
  • Public infrastructure projects
  • Public–private partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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