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.

Governance and management

PRIF is a multi-partner investment, coordination and technical facility for improved infrastructure in the Pacific.

Supported by the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Bank Group.

The governance and management structure of the PRIF is designed to ensure that it is accountable to both its development partners and country partner governments. The current PRIF governance structure comprises:

  • Senior Management Team (SMT) - comprises senior representatives from each of the development partners. Responsible for overall direction and partner input into PRIF.
  • PRIF Management Committee (PMC) – comprises senior officer-level staff members from each of the development partners. Responsible for PRIF management and strategy implementation, including ongoing input into the PRIF design process.
  • PRIF Coordination Office – comprises six staff positions to provide program support to the development and implementation of the PRIF program of activities, including coordinating technical assistance for advisory and project preparatory support to partner countries, and to support the PRIF Members via the SMT and PMC.

In line with its original design framework, developed following a workshop with representatives from Pacific Island Countries in Brisbane in August 2009, the PRIF is currently redefining its strategic priorities and operational workplan, summarised as follows:

  1. Advisory services – technical assistance to Pacific island countries for sector planning, policy, regulatory and institutional reforms, capacity development, technical assistance, activity development, and brokerage of investment activities.
  2. Knowledge hub – coordinate and communicate information on infrastructure activities in the Pacific and good practice via networking, analysis and database management.
  3. Coordinated assistance – supporting the PRIF partners in bringing together support from multiple development agencies to make assistance go further and make a bigger difference.