Sub-Saharan Africa’s poor transport, energy, water and ICT infrastructure constrains economic growth and restricts integration. A major part of the required investment is regional cross-border in nature and as a consequence tends to receive inadequate attention because of the extra costs, complexities and risks associated with coordination between governments, agencies and other stakeholders in 2 or more countries.
The Regional Infrastructure Programme for Africa (RIPA) mainly works with:
- National Governments
- Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
What the fund will achieve
The RIPA programme will improve the quality of electricity, transport, water and telecommunications infrastructure for households and businesses across Africa. It will increase the supply of priority regional project preparation studies and will encourage financiers to take them to implementation stage. As a result of this approach, RIPA will contribute to key results which include improved infrastructure to facilitate trade, through strengthened preparation and mobilised financing for regional infrastructure projects. The UK’s influence will also enhance and improve the understanding of regional infrastructure.
How to apply
The RIPA programme is made up of 3 components and all information regarding the application process can be found on the following websites:
- European Union-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF)
- NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF)
- Infrastructure Consortium (ICA) for Africa
The relevant project documents are available from the ITF, IPPF and ICA website pages referred to above.
Other background information can be found on the following websites:
- African Development Bank
- UNDB Online
- East African Community
- Economic Community of Central African States
- Southern African Development Community
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
- Arab Maghreb Union
- Inter-Governmental Authority on Development