NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility

Title NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
E-mail, phone number and mailing address

c/o The African Development Bank (AfDB)
Immeuble du Centre de Commerce International d’Abidjan (CCIA)
Avenue Jean-Paul II
01 BP 1387 Abidjan 01
Côte d’Ivoire

Tel: (+225) 20 26 43 74 


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Facility Objectives

NEPAD-IPPF, a multi-donor Special Fund hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), supports African countries to prepare bankable regional infrastructure projects in energy, transport, ICT and trans-boundary water.  Current donors include Canada, Germany, the UK, Spain, Norway and Denmark.  

NEPAD-IPPF works to address the lack of investment-ready projects in Africa.  Its 4 core strategic objectives are informed by the new Strategic Business Plan (SBP), 2016-2020 and are, to:

  • Increase the availability of viable well-prepared regional and continental infrastructure projects, by supporting project stakeholders to prepare high-quality projects; 
  • Enhance collaboration among project stakeholders and project financiers to facilitate the identification and mobilisation of project implementation financing; 
  • Enhance the financial sustainability of project preparation for regional infrastructure, by diversifying the sources and modalities of regional project preparation financing;
  • Increase development impact of project preparation by mainstreaming climate change and adaptability; fragility and resilience; gender empowerment; and job creation and business linkages.
Key activities NEPAD-IPPF supports the development of regional and continental infrastructure projects by providing Financial Grants to African Governments, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and African infrastructure-related institutions (Power Pools, Corridor Agencies, etc) to prepare high-quality bankable trans-boundary projects in energy, trans-boundary water resources, transport and ICT able to attract financing for implementation to achieve development outcomes.
Type of finance provided

Grants and transitioning to a blend of grants and cost-recovery to better respond to the needs of emerging private sector infrastructure developers across Africa

Size of project supported

Regional and continental infrastructure projects aligned to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and Regional Infrastructure Master Plans of RECs, Power Pools and Corridor Agencies.

Range of funding provided (min/max)

Usually from US$500,000 to US$5m, but there is no definitive minimum or maximum as the actual funding depends on the specific project and larger projects can be done on a co-financing basis with other partners. 

The NEPAD-IPPF Special Fund has mobilised and committed nearly US$92m for the period 2005-2015 and seeks to mobilise US$160m-250m for the period 2016-2020 and to further leverage this funding through co-financing with other facilities and institutions supporting infrastructure development in Africa.

Beneficiaries supported

African governments, RECs and Specialised Regional Infrastructure Development Institutions (SRIDI).  Projects proposed by private sector developers/sponsors are also eligible for NEPAD-IPPF grant funding provided they are adopted, supported and owned by an African government, REC or SRIDI and are aligned to continental and regional infrastructure master plans.

Project type

Continent-wide; regional; national with regional impact

Project preparation phases supported

Studies:  Prefeasibility and feasibility studies; detailed engineering designs; financial, economic, environmental and social impact assessments; 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 to mobilize implementation financing.

Application process
After a request has been submitted it is screened for general eligibility based on the Quality at Entry (QaE) selection criteria to ensure strategic alignment and for technical compliance. If approved, the project  is included in the grant pipeline (annual rolling pipeline) and appraised before grant award (this includes institutional assessment of the Executing Agency which will receive and manage the grant).
Eligibility exclusions Potential projects must be regional / trans-boundary or national with regional impact. Projects with no regional impact are not eligible. Projects promoted solely by private sector organisations (and not supported by recognised regional institutions) are also not eligible. Grants are provided for a period of between one and three years depending on the project and nature of preparation support required. They must also undergo regular monitoring and supervision to ensure adherence to approved schedules and deliverables, and compliance with NEPAD-IPPF requirements which are aligned to AfDB policies, guidelines and procedures. 

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