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EU-Africa Infrastructure Support Mechanism

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© European Commission - Peter Beck Christiansen
© European Commission - Peter Beck Christiansen

Facilitating the leverage of resources for investment in infrastructures in the fields of water, energy, climate change, transport and Information & communication technology (ICT).

Infrastructure is responsible for more than half of Africa's recent improved growth performance and has the potential to contribute even more in the future. Against this backdrop, the 4th Africa-EU Summit of April 2014 decided on further cooperation and actions in infrastructure. The objective of this programme is to contribute to the efficient and effective implementation of the Joint-Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) 2014-2017 infrastructure agenda in the fields of water, energy, climate change, transport and Information & communication technology (ICT) by ensuring both horizontal and sectoral infrastructure coordination under one single entry point.

This project is funded under the Annual Action Programme 2014 of the DCI Pan-African Programme. It is implemented by the European Commission, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the efficient and effective implementation of the Joint-Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) 2014-2017 infrastructure agenda in the domains of energy, climate change, water, transport and information and communications technology (ICT). Its specific objective is to help improving access to integrated regional and continental infrastructure networks in the fields of water, energy, climate change, transport and ICT by ensuring both horizontal and sectoral infrastructure coordination under one single entry point.  The programme furthermore provides the basis on which the Reference Group for Infrastructure (RGI) – established under the previous JAES action plan and confirmed at the 4th Africa-EU Summit –builds its cross-sectoral infrastructure coordination on.

The main activities of the programme are the following:

  • Strategic and logistical support of core processes, including the development and maintenance of a roadmap for the implementation of the infrastructure pillar and delivering of Africa-EU meetings in the framework of the JAES
  • Technical advisory and backstopping, through support for the development of sectoral/horizontal concepts and proposals, and technical assistance for background studies and policy analysis
  • Communication and outreach
  • Complementary policy dialogue and stakeholder engagement, notably through the development and implementation of a concept for stakeholder involvement.

Capacity development for African counterparts through secondment of staff to the respective structures, and provision of specific advisory.