ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


The NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund is a demand responsive facility, thus grants would be extended on the basis of expressed and identified needs.


All Requests have to be consistent with IPPF’s mandate to support the preparation of high quality and viable regional infrastructure projects.

A regional infrastructure project is a project involving at least two African countries. To facilitate the optimal allocation of its limited grant resources, the Fund adheres to the following criteria whilst assessing the relevance of grant applications:
NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund Application Form


ELIGIBILITY
  1. PUBLIC PROMOTERS:

    The applicant must be a Regional Economic Community (REC), a Specialized Regional Infrastructure Development Institution (SRIDI) or a Regional Member Country (RMC) to be eligible for a NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund grant.

  2. PRIVATE PROMOTERS:

    Regional infrastructure projects proposed by private sector organizations, adopted, supported and owned by RECs, SRIDIs or RMCs are also eligible for Fund support, provided that the request is submitted by the latter who will be the grant beneficiary and Fund counterpart. But, Projects promoted solely by private sector organizations are not eligible for a NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund grant;

  3. INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS:

    NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund grants shall be used for financing “activities that support regional infrastructure projects development in Africa in four major sectors: Energy, Transport, Water Resources, and ICT

  4. ACTIVITIES: THREE MAIN PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE TO IPPF FUNDING:

    Studies:
    Prefeasibility and feasibility studies; Detailed engineering designs; Financial, economic, environmental and social impact assessments; and Market studies

    Transaction Advisory Services:
    Due diligence, transaction analysis and project structuring/packaging including PPP; Pre-contract services including preparation and revision of tender documents, launching, processing, evaluation of bids and contracts negotiations.

    Project Marketing and Fund raising:
    Technical assistance in the preparation and delivery of workshops, road shows, seminars and conferences involving stakeholders, investors and lenders.


SELECTION MECHANISM
  1. Eligibility screening of the proposed preparatory activities, based on a pass or fail test assessing promoter (applicants), sector (infrastructure sector), project preparation step (scope of activities), regional character and alignment with the regional/continental priorities (PAP-PIDA, REC’s Infrastructure Master Plan).
  2. Technical screening of the proposed preparatory activities, based on quantified assessment of the development impacts and project readiness indicators (regional integration boosting, economic growth, poverty reduction, financial and economic viability of the project).
  3. Prioritization of grant applications, based on the technical scores and regional/sector balance with semi-annual reporting to the Fund Oversight Committee on decision made.