The current mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, is on a drive to make the city the most child-friendly in the country. He has a rich history of commitment to the education sector. The plan was part of an elaborate campaign manifesto that he looks geared up to start delivering on. He is leveraging a public-private partnership to help him build twenty thousand daycare centers and double that number of new preschools in the city.
The project involves the construction of the facilities and their maintenance as well as related services such as educational programs. Infrastructure experts such as Felipe Montoro Jens have praised the deal, which is already in the feasibility stage. The project follows a similar one launched in 2012 in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte in the country. The private sector is poised to undertake the construction and maintenance of the facilities while city hall provides educational services.
The International Finance Corporation is providing consulting services on the deal. Felipe Montoro Jens points out that the firm is the biggest financial services institution with a strong focus on developing countries. The organization is at the forefront of strengthening the private sector by addressing barriers in finance, management, and politics.
The company is also expected to oversee a similar joint project in the city of Rio that is expected to expand public lighting. The concept of public-private partnerships was popularized in 2004 in the country. The government enacted reforms that created the framework that guides bidding and the awarding of contracts.
The strategy enables the government to tap into key resources in the private sector to strengthen public service delivery and administration. Through these partnerships, the government extends the reach of essential services to a broader citizenry as well as improves the quality of service delivery in public offices. The partnership is effected through a negotiated concession contract between the relevant state representatives and private firms.