Public-private partnerships

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Recommendations on Public-Private Partnerships from the Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis (available here), published by Efus in 2012:



Considering that:

  • Increasingly, the public and private sectors work together in partnerships that are mutually beneficial in terms of exchanging knowledge and cooperation;
  • The private sector (local businesses or large enterprises) is a key actor in the development of a city and can contribute not only financially but also in terms of human resources and expertise;
  • Partnerships with the public sector also benefit the private sector, since the latter can profit from a safer environment. However, such partnerships are sometimes difficult to put in place because of differences in professional cultures and operating modes.

We, European local authorities, recommend for the future of prevention to:

  • Reinforce the collaboration between the public and private sectors, building on each other’s strengths without challenging respective responsibilities;
  • Identify common goals and priorities based on the needs or shortcomings in different areas such as institutional strength, intervention projects or the production of information in order to set up short, medium and long-term programmes;
  • Establish clear and transparent rules for partnerships, which will help build or strengthen trust between public and private sector actors;
  • Ensure that safety is viewed as inclusive, taking into account the needs of the whole community and not only those of potential clients.
  • The private sector must be part of a strategy of security for the common good.

In the coming years we are committed to:

  • Engaging with a broad range of private sector representatives to explore their potential contribution to and expectations from local safety strategies;
  • Sharing information about public and private projects regarding security strategies in order to identify areas for cooperation;
  • Building cooperation projects around public-private partnerships with roles and responsibilities matched to the nature, powers and potential of the entities involved;
  • Supporting, when necessary, the establishment of intermediary structures that help to coordinate and facilitate partnerships between the public and private sectors.


For information about Public-Private Partnerships, you can also consult the Public-Private Partnerships and Community Safety: Guide to Action, published by the ICPC, the World Bank and the Bogota Chamber of Commerce. (Available here)