PRIF provides assistance to Pacific island countries for infrastructure activities through advisory and technical assistance: sector-wide analysis, strategy formulation, priority identification and project formulation.
The PRIF Coordination Office supports the PRIF development partners through:
- Improved coordination of PRIF partner infrastructure support and investments in the Pacific.
- Delivery of Technical Assistance (TA) and advice to PICs on infrastructure development.
- A program of research and assembly of knowledge resources and data to support the activities of both donor partners and PICs.
PRIF aims to:
- Streamline Pacific Island Country (PIC) access to technical and capacity building assistance and to funding for infrastructure;
- Improve the quality of infrastructure investments in PICs, for example to enhance sustainability with measures to support recurrent infrastructure maintenance;
- Strengthen capacity within PICs to plan, manage and maintain infrastructure for sustainable and improved delivery of services.
PRIF Members work together to:
- Ensure that Member-supported activities complement and do not duplicate one another;
- Reduce transaction costs between PRIF Members and PIC governments and other stakeholders;
- Provide more predictable and longer-term financing through long term partnerships;
- Integrate available infrastructure financing;
- Improve coordination with other providers of infrastructure assistance, including the private sector;
- Design infrastructure project investments to maximise positive and sustainable economic, social and environmental impacts.
PRIF is designed to commit development partners to improve development effectiveness in the infrastructure sector through closer coordination, increased use of partner country systems, and longer term support.
PRIF encourages this approach with a focus on:
- Strengthening infrastructure services –Infrastructure is necessary to support sustained development, nation-building, stability and economic growth. A key point of difference for PRIF, when compared with past support, is that it offers Pacific island countries a new approach to planning and implementing infrastructure development priorities, based on coordination and harmonisation amongst financing and development partners. This is intended to result in strengthened relationships, streamlined processes, reduced transaction costs and improved development outcomes.
- Country-led development – PRIF will respond to requests for support from Pacific countries based on their plans and priorities. PRIF encourages country-led development and provides assistance in a form that responds to each country’s individual requirements as well as the priorities of the region as a whole.
- Sector-based approaches – PRIF encourages coordinated sector-based approaches to improvements in infrastructure services. Sector-based approaches aim to broaden ownership by partner governments over decision-making with respect to sectoral policies, strategies and spending; increase the coherence between sectoral policy, spending and results through greater transparency, wider dialogue and ensuring a comprehensive view of the sector; and to minimise as far as possible the transaction costs associated with the provision of external financing, either by direct adoption of government procedures or through progressive coordination of individual development partner procedures.
- Coordinated support – PRIF will bring together support from multiple development agencies to make assistance go further and make a bigger difference. PRIF is designed to commit development partners to improve development effectiveness in the infrastructure sector through closer coordination, increased use of partner country systems and longer term support. The PRIF partners encourage the involvement of additional partners.
- Long-term support – PRIF seeks to establish a long-term collaborative infrastructure support mechanism that helps achieve sustainable improvements in infrastructure services.