This section is divided according to PRIF's five sectors: Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, Transport, Urban Development and Water and Sanitation as outlined below.
The PRIF partners are working with other development partners and organisations in the region to provide support for increased and equitable access to reliable and affordable energy. This includes exploring options for extensions to existing networks and supporting off-grid solutions for local generation that can provide rural populations with reliable access to energy.
A number of energy initiatives are currently being coordinated through PRIF including the World Bank-led Energising the Pacific initiative which has established a forum for donor coordination for more effective programming of energy sector assistance in the Pacific. The ADB-led activity - Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (Phase II) - will be closely coordinated with Energising the Pacific and is designed to promote least-cost approaches to energy security through energy efficiency and conservation measures.
PRIF is working with Pacific island countries to build on existing good work in telecommunications across the Pacific. The World Bank is leading assistance in the telecommunications sector through the Pacific Regional Telecommunications Regulatory Resource Centre and the Pacific Regional Connectivity Project which includes detailed assessments of potential connectivity options to strengthen the communications backbone of the Pacific region including satellite or submarine cable options.
PRIF is involved in a number of long-term transport infrastructure investments in the Pacific. In Solomon Islands PRIF partners are supporting a large portfolio of long term transport sector activities which have let contracts for the maintenance of over 140km of roads across 3 provinces, and have started significant rehabilitation of bridges following flooding in 2009 and 2010. The PRIF partners are supporting an ADB-led Transport Sector Development Project to better align their assistance on a comprehensive sector basis. Assistance is focused on rehabilitating and improving maintenance of high-priority sections of the transport network and helping to ensure accessibility to the high proportion of the population without reliable transport. It will also include a greater focus on building domestic private sector capacity to undertake maintenance and rehabilitation. The ADB-led Road Improvement Project which has now moved into its' Second phase, amongst other work focuses on replacing and upgrading about 30 water corssings, building around 20 km of roads and associated bridge approaches, and relocating roads for climate change adaptation.
The water and sanitation sub- sectors are an area of particular interest for PRIF. Increasing levels of support will be required to assist Pacific island countries achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015. PRIF partners are providing support for water and sanitation by building on and improving sectoral support in urban areas of Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Urban Development (and Solid Waste Management) SWG aims to serve in a role that shapes, leads, influences and reports on PRIF’s strategic agenda in the urban development space. Recognizing that the depth and spread of social, economic, environmental and technical issues facing the Urban Development sector, the SWG will focus initially on targeted research or studies that support PRIF Partners in their individual sector investments and partnerships. The SWG will target a modest achievable action plan which adopts a long-term view. Intention is to develop priority research activities to target available PRIF TA funds.