Prof. D T V Raghu Rama Swamy


Prof. D T V Raghu Rama Swamy


RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University

Area of Expertise

Infrastructure Development, Finance, Public Private Partnerships

Brief Profile of Speaker

Text Box:  Professor D T V Raghu Rama Swamy is the Director for School of Infrastructure at the RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University. Prior to joining RICS SBE, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited (a joint venture of Government of Karnataka, IDFC and HDFC), advising various government and private sector agencies in infrastructure development, project finance and strategy consulting. A mechanical engineer and a MBA by education, he had started his career with Avalon Consulting, a management consulting firm, then moved on to GMR group in the power business. His interests lie in infrastructure, consulting and research arenas.

Working Group


Sub Theme

Ensuring Basic Services including Mobility for Integrated Development

Duration of Presentation

10 –15 minutes (including Q&A)

[Soft copy of presentation to be shared by 10th December 2016]

Topic/ Title

Role of Public Private Partnership Frameworks in Delivery of Basic Services

Coverage of Presentation

Standards for delivery of municipal services in Asian cities lag behind those of other developed nations due to variety of demographic, financial, social, institutional, governance and technological reasons. Increasing fiscal stress and low efficiencies of civic bodies and government agencies are prompting them to explore alternate modes of service delivery including partnerships with private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions etc. Experience of such partnerships till date has been a mixed bag; academic literature points out to sub optimal structuring of projects, lack of stakeholder will and support, inadequate public sector capacity, lacunae in procurement processes, inequitable contractual frameworks, availability of base line/ service level information as possible reasons. Getting these elements right would go a long way in furthering such partnerships. Multiple capacity building programmes have been initiated across different countries to capitalize on the potential for such partnerships. It is imperative that partnership frameworks need to be configured in line with characteristics of services being offered. Water supply and sanitation projects tend to have challenges relating to policy, willingness to charge and pay, coverage and quality. Municipal Solid Waste management projects differ across various components – collection, transportation, treatment or disposal. Mobility solutions in cities vary by demographic pattern and origin-destination movement trends. PPP frameworks need to factor such differences and elucidate role of public sector in configuration of projects, development, procurement and management post award for sustainable delivery of services.