Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) is a multi-partner infrastructure coordination and financing mechanism. It was initiated in 2008 by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the New Zealand Government via the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZMFAT), and the World Bank Group (WBG). The European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) became members of the joint initiative in 2010.
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.
PRIF builds on successful activities in the Pacific, helps address gaps in existing infrastructure, and is developing innovative approaches to the problems of delivering infrastructure services in the Pacific.
PRIF aims to support infrastructure planning, development and management in Pacific island countries in the following economic infrastructure sectors:
- Transport (land, air, sea)
- Waste Management
- Water and Sanitation
PRIF aims to deliver:
- Harmonised support - PRIF brings together support from multiple development agencies to make assistance go further and make a bigger difference.
- Better prioritisation – based on the national strategies of Pacific island countries and sector planning.
- Better policy frameworks - ensuring that infrastructure investments are efficient, effective and affordable;
- Sustainable infrastructure – ensuring effective maintenance of infrastructure and appropriate responses to climate change;
- Improved capacity of Pacific island countries to plan, develop, manage and maintain their infrastructure.
The current PRIF partner countries are: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu as shown on the map below.