PIDA Capacity Building Project


  • Reference: P-Z1-KF0-021
  • Approval date: 12/12/2013
  • Start date: 21/10/2014
  • Appraisal Date: 21/08/2013
  • Status: ApprovedAPVD


Project Name: PIDA Capacity Building Project (PIDA CAP).

Project Objectives and Expected Outputs: The main objective of the programe is to strengthen the capacity of the AUC, the NPCA and RECs for planning, facilitation and coordination of implementation of regional infrastructure programmes and projects necessary for enhancing Africa's physical and economic integration and socio economic development. The expected outcomes are:

i) improved planning, coordination, facilitation and implementation of priority infrastructure programmes and projects by NPCA in particular, the PIDA PAP;

(ii) strengthened delivery of integrated communication framework and policy analysis of cross-cutting-issues for PIDA by AUC; and (

iii) enhanced capacity of RECs and RMCs to diagnose and monitor PIDA implementation bottlenecks and apply remedial actions. Implementation Timeframe: 2014 -2016.

Project Cost: UA 5.6 MILLION Project Direct Beneficiaries: The direct project beneficiaries are the 8 official RECs of the AU (COMESA, EAC, SADC, CENSAD, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, UMA); their respective RMCs, the NPCA and AUC. AUC will receive the grant on behalf of all other beneficiairies.


2.1.2 The project is selective, demand driven and tailored to the needs of NPCA, AUC and RECs. The project is part of the Bank's broader response to the constraints identified from extensive consultations with the RECs and RMCs in the framework of IAIDA and the subsequent Sandton Road Map.

The project will support capacity development in technical and analytical work to enhance the preparedness of continental partners - especially the NPCA, AUC and the 8 AU recognised RECs to move the PIDA PAP to financial closure.

The project will enable the formulation, by RECs, Member States, partners and the private sector, of sequenced priorities and clear planning as well as coordinating objectives and accelerating progress towards the PIDA PAP implementation.

The project will also support analytical work to help inform the IAG and Private Sector actors on their responsibilities to engage governments to initiate policies and regulatory frameworks necessary for delivering a physically connected and socio-economically integrated Africa in line with the Abuja Treaty of 1991.


1.2 Rationale for the Bank's Involvement 1.2.1 This programme, based on regional projects and programmes, will help address Africa's infrastructure deficit. The project responds to the Bank's commitment to create a well-connected, economically prosperous and peaceful Africa, in line with its approved Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) and Africa's structural transformation as outlined in the TYS.

1.2.2 The project is a Regional Public Good (RPG) (see Annex 2) as it will yield direct utility by accelerating the physical connectivity and regional integration of the continent. It will strengthen the drive towards CTFA commercial activities and boost intra-Africa trade by providing the necessary infrastructure for businesses to transact efficiently, both regionally and continentally. Furthermore, the provision of energy, water, transport and ICT platforms to establish outreach to rural communities and enterprises will directly benefit the continent's population by establishing a sustainable development trajectory, leading to more inclusive growth. There is a need to accelerate the physical and regional integration of the continent via initiatives such as this project. The recently completed PIDA Study estimates that an infrastructure-integrated Africa would expand its economy six-fold by 2040.

1.2.3 Weaknesses in value chain development, regulatory and policy convergence within Africa undermine efforts to move towards a CFTA: Intra-regional trade in Africa remains very low compared to other developing regions. The regional supply chains and production networks of Asia, often known as "Factory Asia," or "Innovation Floors", remain underdeveloped in Africa. Most African economies are still dependent on the export of primary products based on a limited number of extractive sectors. This situation gives rise to low levels of trade complementarity and, by extension, low intra-regional trade. This situation is further exacerbated by poor physical connectivity across Africa. Enhancing physical connectivity is critical for sectoral diversification and value-chain development.

1.2.4 In various regional fora intended to align PIDA to regional infrastructure programmes, Infrastructure Ministers called for urgent action to address three critical factors impacting on the delivery of infrastructure programmes in Africa in general: a)Lack of capacity within the continental bodies such as the AUC/NPCA to effectively coordinate efforts, which is a result of the limited resources to drive PIDA implementation at the continental level. b)Poor capacity at the level of RECs and Member States to effectively drive the realisation of the project, given its complex nature and the need to unbundle it into manageable components for implementation. In this regard, AfDB, German Technical Assistance (GIZ) and other development partners are formulating a number of capacity building interventions. To this end, a road map has been developed by all partners to deal with the capacity constraints, including supporting budgets; and c)The capacity for coordination of interventions has also been weak.

1.2.5 The capacity building programme is based on the Institutional Architecture for Infrastructure Development in Africa (IAIDA) which was approved by African Heads of State and Government in January 2012 as the accompanying institutional mechanism for the implementation of PIDA. To be successful, PIDA needs to be implemented using a public-private consultative partnership approach involving continental bodies, RECs and Member States. The PIDA Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising AUC, NPCA and AfDB, together with the Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG), provide the mechanism to promote informed partnership and dialogue involving the continental bodies, RECs and RMCs. The Sandton Road Map, endorsed by RECs, defined the institutional capacity requirements for accelerating the delivery of PIDA. The project arose from these needs.

1.2.6 The project emphasises "quick-win" and early-start projects, selected on the basis of a set of criteria for boosting economic development and establishing regional markets. The project is crucial to: a) address the capacity gaps highlighted above to facilitate PIDA PAP implementation, b) accelerate PIDA PAP delivery, and c) respond to the PIDA Implementation Road Map, agreed to by all parties including the RECs.

1.2.7 In order to sustain current initiatives and maintain synergies with similar programmes, the project will foster links with on-going initiatives and help integrate them within the AUC/NPCA and the RECs, as well as with other initiatives. These include: i.Database with gender disaggregated statistics: "Deposit data from PIDA study currently with AfDB to NPCA who will manage the overall Africa Infrastructure Database (AID). "Align the development of PIDA Virtual Information Centre (VPic) with information of detailed project profiles being developed. "Synergies with the Africa Infrastructure Knowledge Programme (AIKP) formerly Africa Infrastructure Corridor Diagnostic (AICD) managed by ESTA and ICA ii.Communication: "Migration of the PIDA Communications Strategy as well as PIDA website developed by AfDB to the AUC Directorate of Communications and Information iii.Coordination: "Synergies and complementarity with GIZ capacity building support to AUC/NPCA; "Synergies with the Tripartite Capacity Building Project (EAC, COMESA, SADC);


The project will contribute to institutional development and knowledge building in the RECs, particularly in infrastructure development. Knowledge will be gained through skills and knowledge transfer from training of both public and private sector officials and beneficiary RECs, the AUC and NPCA. The Bank will capture and disseminate knowledge and experience from this programme through regular sharing of the findings of regular project review missions, monitoring and evaluation, progress reports and the Project Completion Report. Lessons learned and experience gained will be made available to inform future Bank operations.

Key contacts

CHIRWA Mtchera Johannes - ONRI1


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 5,000,000
MICFUAC 600,000
TotalUAC 5,600,000