Pacific Resource Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)

Established in 2008 to provide technical assistance, research and knowledge products on key infrastructure issues to Pacific island countries

and as a coordination facility for the principal development partners in the region.

Assisting Donor Agencies

To channel their resources more effectively

More infrastructure investments ahead

PRIF partners are currently investing up to USD$1bn per year in Pacific island economies and are currently planning to increase their investments. World Bank’s financing for infrastructure in the Pacific is expected to nearly triple from 2015 to 2018. Financial and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank, European Union and others will also increase significantly. While the Pacific governments have limited capacity to absorb the additional burden of planning, coordination and project management required, cooperation among the donor agencies is now critically important to maintain a planned, efficient and sustainable approach to development assistance.

PRIF convenes Sector Working Groups which bring together infrastructure specialists from

all the PRIF agencies to share information, review projects, identify opportunities for coordination, discuss issues in the sector that are particularly relevant to the Pacific region and agree on areas for joint research under the PRIF. These working groups cover energy; transport; water and sanitation; information communication technologies; urban development; social and environmental safeguards.

PRIF maintains a database of all partner agency projects, including those in the early stages of development and approval. PRIF can also provide direct support to countries for coordination (see case study of Coordination support in Kiribati, above). Another published case study on the transport sector in Fiji helps partners learn about the benefits and challenges of coordinating multi-donor financed projects.