PROGRAMME FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
NEPAD was integrated into the structures and processes of the African Union (AU) as per the AU Assembly decision at the February 2010 14th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency has been designated as the technical body of the African Union and a more focused implementation agency, namely the NEPAD Agency.
In July 2009 the AUC with the support of the NEPAD Secretariat and the AFDB had submitted a request to NEPAD-IPPF for financial support towards the cost of undertaking sectors’ studies for the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).
PIDA aims through its continental initiative which has a regional and programme based approach to address the infrastructure deficit that is severely hampering Africa’s competitiveness in the world market.
Part of the PIDA strategy for delivering on its strategic objectives is it Priority Action Plan (PAP), which was bourne out of the African Union’s 2004 vision statement, which called for an ‘integrated Africa”, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
PAP PROJECTS WERE PRIORITISED BASED ON THREE CRITERIA:
- eligibility and regional integration,
- feasibility and readiness and
- development impacts. The PAP lies at the heart of the PIDA work plan and aims at presenting actionable projects and programmes that promote sound regional integration between 2012 and 2040 (or 2020 for ICT).
IPPF has therefore adopted the PAP and incorporated it in its Strategic Business Plan 2011-2015, giving it a priority in its work plan for the specified duration of time. In 2013 alone IPPF have accepted 23 PAP projects into their pipeline.