The content of the term «public-private partnership» is updated. The main causes of the needs identified in the public-private partnership. The scope of application of public-private partnership in Ukraine are determined. Various forms of public-private partnerships explored: contractual, institutional and private funding model (DBFO, BOOT, BOT, BOO). Advanced foreign experience in implementation of public-private partnership projects is summarized and components of the effect of their implementation defined. Practical examples of the use of various forms of public-private partnerships in foreign countries are considered. Simplified and enhanced classification of forms of public-private partnership on the classification features offered. It revealed that specific features of public-private partnership, which distinguish it from other forms of cooperation are distribution of risks between the private and public sectors of the economy on the operation of the relevant infrastructure and services; public-private partnership objects are not transferred to the ownership of the private partner.