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Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)


The Bank is the Executing Agency for the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA); the programme designed as successor to the NEPAD Medium to Long Term Strategic Framework (MLTSF), to develop a vision and strategic framework for the development of regional and continental infrastructure (Energy, Transport, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Trans-boundary Water Resources). The PIDA initiative is being led by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Secretariat and the Bank. The Bank’s role as Executing Agency covers the responsibility for contractual, financial, technical and administrative management of the programme including responsibility for procurement procedures, in conformity with its existing regulations, budget management and disbursements.  

PIDA Objectives

The overall goal of PIDA is to promote socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Africa through improved access to integrated regional and continental infrastructure networks and services. The PIDA Sector Studies will assist in developing a vision on Africa’s infrastructure based on strategic objectives and sector polices; prioritized regional and continental infrastructure investment programs (EnergyTransportInformation and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Trans-boundary Water Resources) over the short, medium, and long term, up to the year 2030. In addition, the Studies will recommend the required institutional arrangements, legal frameworks, and the financing mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the programs.

Key Development Issues Addressed by PIDA: The significant deficit in Africa’s infrastructure is resulting in increased production and transaction costs, reduced competitiveness of businesses, negative impact on foreign direct investment flows to the continent; therefore affecting the rate of economic and social development on the continent. PIDA was designed to address these constraints by establishing a common vision and global partnership to put in place an adequate, cost effective and sustainable regional infrastructure base to promote Africa’s Socio economic development and integration into the global economy.

PIDA Description

PIDA is a continent-wide program to develop a vision, policies, strategies and a programme for the development of priority regional and continental infrastructure in transport, energy, trans-boundary water and ICT.  The Program’s Sector Studies, which are to be supported by the requested IPPF Grant, will prepare detailed analysis of strategic options for the development of the continental infrastructure in Transport, Energy, ICT and Trans-boundary Water based on a common vision to emanate from consultative/validation workshops at sector, regional and continental levels.

PIDA Cost and Financing

The PIDA initiative requires a total amount of USD 11,391,527, which includes the cost of an independent advisory panel of experts (supported by DFID), regional and sector consultative workshops (supported by NTCF and EU) and implementation of an infrastructure database (supported by the EU). The Sector Studies component alone requires a total amount of USD 7,552,343, with the ADF providing USD 1, 933,319 (25.6%); the African Water Facility (AWF) with USD 1,862,224 (24.6%), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) with USD 1,756,800 (23.3%), and the NEPAD-IPPF USD 2.0 million grant representing 26.5% of the cost.  

Governance Structure and Project Management: PIDA will be managed through a robust governance structure that comprises a Steering Committee chaired by the AUC, with the role of providing programme orientation and ultimate approval.  A Technical Committee to be chaired by the Bank shall provide quality control of the technical outputs, and a Programme Management Team (PMT) hosted by the Bank as Executing Agency in the NEPAD Division within ONRI shall be providing day to day management of the programme.  The PMT is headed by the Division Manager ONRI 1, and comprises other sector experts nominated by the AUC and NEPAD Secretariat.

PIDA Benefits

PIDA will bring together and merge various continental infrastructure initiatives, such as the NEPAD Short Term Action Plan, the NEAD Medium to Long Term Strategic Framework (MLTSF), and the AU Infrastructure Master Plans initiatives into one coherent program for the entire continent, covering all the four key sectors of Transport, Energy, Trans-boundary Water, and ICT.  PIDA will develop an infrastructure investment program (short, medium and long term) built around key priorities and shall include an implementation strategy and priority action plan. PIDA will be the AU/NEPAD key planning/programming document guiding the continental infrastructure development agenda, policies, and investments priorities in transport, energy, ICT, and Trans-boundary water sectors for 2011 – 2030. It will also provide the much-needed framework for engagement with Africa’s development partners willing to support regional and continental infrastructure.

PIDA Status

The Consultancy Services Contract for PIDA Sector Studies will be awarded and signed in April 2010 with commencement envisaged for end April/early May 2010.  Implementation will be undertaken over eighteen month duration and thus completion is expected in September 2011.

A number of consultative meetings and workshops will be conducted throughout the eighteen month duration at various levels focusing on regional and sector specialised audiences for consultation, input and buy-in.  The final outputs and recommendations from the programme will go to a special AU Heads of State and Government Summit for consideration and possible adoption.