Before PPPs – Strategic Planning
2.1 What are the objectives of strategic planning?
Strategic planning helps to ensure that PPPs are formulated in
relation to the wider urban management function, with a focus placed
on specific goals:
- to ensure that all options are explored – not just
the PPP option – and that the most appropriate option
is selected; and
- to ensure that the PPP is not developed as an isolated entity.
Ensuring that the partnership emerges from a strategic
planning process is obvious and par for the course
in some contexts, but not all. In some municipalities,
strategic planning is neglected in the heat of the
moment. Municipal decision-makers may be so keen to solve
the problems by delegation that they fail to consider demand
for services, service priorities, impacts and implications
of their choices on city management and governance.