ECOWAS Projects Preparation and Development Unit

Title ECOWAS Projects Preparation and Development Unit
E-mail, phone number and mailing address

EBID Building,
3rd Floor,
128 Boulevard du 13 Janvier,


Tel: +228 22 45 81 39

Facility URL
Facility Objectives

The ECOWAS Project Preparation and Development Unit (PPDU) was established in 2011 as a Specialised Agency mandated to prepare regional bankable infrastructure projects in line with the ECOWAS objectives of regional integration and economic development. 

The main functions of the PPDU are to:

  • Prepare and develop regional integration infrastructure projects in ECOWAS Member States;
  • Manage a dedicated infrastructure fund for preparation of the projects;
  • Promote public/private partnerships in investment financing and project management in ECOWAS
Key activities
The PPDU's scope of activities cover:
  • Identification, selection, prioritisation and preparation of projects:
    - Undertake project prioritisation, preparation and development activities including studies;
    - Transaction support to member states (as project owners).
  • Resource mobilisation and funding:
    - Inform the creation of appropriate enabling environment & policies;
    - Establish a funding mechanism for project preparation;
    - Increase private sector participation in funding.
  • Partnerships and cooperation:
    - Building technical support for project preparation and development;
    - Capacity building for member states' agencies responsible for project implementation.
Type of finance provided

Not applicable - the PPDU is responsible for mobilising the resources required for preparation and development of infrastructure projects

Size of project supported

Medium and large scale

Range of funding provided (min/max)

No minimum or maximum

Beneficiaries supported

Public sector (ECOWAS member states and their agencies)

Project type


Project preparation phases supported

Enabling environment; project definition; project feasibility; project structuring; transaction support; post-implementation support.

Application process Not applicable - The PPDU identifies, selects and prioritises regional integration infrastructure projects in consultation with the ECOWAS Commission, member states and the private sector.
Eligibility exclusions All studies and projects are agreed in consultation with the ECOWAS Commission and member states.
Countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

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