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.

Regional Organisations

Working with regional organisations for technical support and coordinated research

PRIF works closely with the several regional organisations in the Pacific, including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) and the Pacific Power Association (PPA).

PRIF has supported the PWWA and the PPA to survey and maintain benchmarking data that provide an overview of the technical and financial performance of the utilities operating in the Pacific. The reports are valuable tools for the utilities to monitor and compare their operational performance, and PRIF members are providing direct support to improve data collection, decision-making and efficiency (see box).

Technical studies also benefit from collaboration with regional partners and technical agencies. A recent study on sanitation options in the Pacific was jointly supervised by PRIF, SPC and UNICEF, while others such as PIFS, Pacific Disability Forum, University of the South Pacific, University of Auckland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have provided technical advice on other research programs.