The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility
Positioned at the interface between the major donor agencies and the recipients of development assistance in the Pacific, PRIF serves all stakeholders, including the private sector, to achieve the best development outcomes for Pacific island countries.
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.