Public-Private Partnerships With Emphasis on the Role of Faith-Based Response Agencies
In 2017, disasters affected the lives 46.9 million U.S. residents, 15 percent of the nation’s population. At this scale of impact, the public sector does not, and cannot, take sole responsibility for recovery and redevelopment. In addition to sacrifices and investments made by individual households, private businesses invest in their own recovery and contribute to the recovery of families, neighborhoods, cities and towns. In the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Whole Community Framework, the Agency calls on a variety of community partners, including businesses, to meet the growing emergency management needs of the United States, including disaster recovery. Building and maintaining partnerships is one of the primary strategies FEMA identifies for implementing the Whole Community Framework. Partnerships that include the public and private sectors have the potential to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts undertaken by individual firms and public agencies. Working together, partners can advance new efforts that build on the unique knowledge and capabilities present among actors from the public and private sectors.
However, the tradition procurement method enables the contractor to mingle with designers during the design stage and through sharing of plans to come up with an integrated construction document. Additionally, it enhances a good environment for designer’s techniques approval by the stakeholders, an aspect that creates a room for amendment to unsatisfactory design (Lee 1998, p 182). In conclusion PPPs provides more benefits in comparison with traditional methods. Because it ensures effective project delivery speed at low cost, as well as benefits public service users by utilizing the state assets more effectively. In addition, through regulatory scheme, PPPs have accountability of giving high quality services to the public, in a more innovative and diversified manner. Also, the PPP models have enabled acquisition of a reduced life-cycle costs, additional revenue, more effective risk allocation as well as faster facilities implementation (Yescombe 2007, p. 72).
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