All projects must be consistent with IPPF’s mandate to support regional integration. In addition, IPPF favors projects: with a high number of beneficiary countries; that close identified regional gaps and needs; that are ready for implementation, with an ability to attract private sector participation; and with sufficient institutional capacity for implementation.
PROPOSALS ARE ASSESSED IN TWO STEPS:
STEP 1 – STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
- Client eligibility
is this a REC or a SI eligible for an IPPF grant?
- Sector eligibility
is the project in the energy, transport, water or ICT sector?
- Geographic eligibility
is the project in one country with regional impacts, a project spanning two countries, or a project spanning more than three countries?
- Alignment eligibility
is this a NEPAD priority (PIDA, STAP, Africa Action Plan) or a priority of a REC or a SI? Projects must pass each of the eligibility criteria to proceed to detailed technical screening.
STEP 2 – TECHNICAL SCREENING
Technical screening is based on a number of key performance indicators (KPIs), quantified to assess development impact & project readiness:
DEVELOPMENT IMPACT (75 POINTS):
- Financial and economic viability – 25 points
- Environmental and Social impacts – 18 points
- Regional integration impacts – 25 points
- Transfer of Technology and Knowhow – 7 points
PROJECT READINESS (25 POINTS):
based on commercial and political commitment, the client’s previous performance with IPPF, and evidence of financiers for downstream implementation.
Projects scoring a minimum 70 points out of a maximum of 100 are added to IPPF’s project pipeline. Proposals are then prioritized by NEPAD-IPPF Management, based on Technical screening scores, and to ensure optimal regional/sector balance of the portfolio.
Requests can be made through the NEPAD-IPPF website (www.nepad-ippf.org), through RECs or SIs and related institutions designed to promote regional infrastructure projects.