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EU Technical Assistance to the African Union • Infrastructure Support Mechanism (ISM)
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Development of a climate impact methodology for infrastructure projects:

Infrastructure projects represent cross cutting opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation action. This is due on one hand to the climate friendly options for transport, energy and water solutions as well as the potential of digitalization for dematerialization of value chains, and on the other hand to the need to build resilience of transport and energy systems to climate change, the capacity for transboundary water to contribute to climate resilient agriculture and the applications in the ICT sector to support adaptation to climate change. The Technical Assistance to “The African Union – Infrastructure Support Mechanism”, funded by the EU, committed resources to support AUDA NEPAD with a climate change and environmental impact methodology dedicated to infrastructure projects.

Engagement with Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) for Mobilization of climate finance to achieve climate resilient infrastructure: 

The “Technical Assistance to The African Union – Infrastructure Support Mechanism” is supporting AUDA NEPAD to collaborate with the African Development Bank (AfDB), EU DFIs and partners to identify common grounds for the development of a Climate impact methodology for infrastructure projects and to explore opportunities for collaboration to mobilize climate finance in order to support climate resilient infrastructure.

One of the core focus areas of the Technical Assistance has been the support to the PIDA PAP2 process up to its adoption at the African Union summit in February 2021. The follow up support of the Technical Assistance includes upgrading the PIDA VPIC graphical interface to include PIDA PAP2 projects to the existing PIDA PAP1 and to coordinate with GIZ which is supporting the inclusion of layers for existing infrastructure, urbanization and demography. The enhanced VPIC interface aims at providing an intuitive and graphical representation of the emerging pan African infrastructure networks in relation to corridors and urban conurbations. This strategic graphical tool will enable policy makers, economic planners and private sector operators to identify opportunities for tapping into synergies, industrialization, value addition and trade opportunities. The exploitation of these opportunities is expected to reinforce the linkages between infrastructure assets, and transport and logistics services.

Competitive and reliable logistics services across Africa will be beneficial to all forms of trade from commodities and resources value chains to downstream supply chains for intermediary and final consumption, both in the context of intra African trade under the African Civil Aviation Commission (AfCFTA) and for international trade.