The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility
PRIF is a multi-agency coordination mechanism aimed at improving the delivery of development assistance from donors and development partners to the infrastructure sector* in the Pacific region. PRIF supports infrastructure development and maintenance in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through investment coordination, research and technical assistance.
PRIF was initiated in 2008 by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT), and the World Bank Group (WBG), including the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) became members in 2010, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2013.
Pacific Island Countries face significant challenges in linking people to services and markets including small economies, thinly spread populations over large areas and limited human and financial resources to deliver services. Through deeper coordination PRIF will be better able to help countries maximise opportunities for improvements in infrastructure service provision.
Infrastructure is crucial to development as it helps people live healthy and productive lives and links people to services, markets and jobs. PRIF provides a framework for better engagement of countries and development partners to ensure more effective use of available funding and deliver better infrastructure services.
* The PRIF focus on economic infrastructure reflects the high priority attached to the major sectoral drivers of utilities and services, including energy, transportation (road, aviation, maritime), telecommunications, water, sanitation and waste, while recognising the growing importance of environmental infrastructure, such as coastal protection, drainage and flood control, and the broader impacts, links and interactions with social infrastructure for health and education services, housing and government administration.