The EBRD is supporting a comprehensive international policy agenda within the context of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the G20:
These programmes help the EBRD’s clients deal with challenges including: building their local capacity to plan, preparing, delivering and monitoring complex infrastructure projects. Going well-beyond mere project preparation, this approach toward infrastructure is considered by the EBRD as critical to the IPPF’s long-term strategic impact.
G20 and IFI Collaboration
The Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) was established in November 2014 following an agreement by G20 Leaders to increase the volume and quality of public and private infrastructure investment.
Our support to date has included detailed guidance on the GIH’s proposed business plan, support with the expansion of an interactive ‘knowledge platform’ and GIH’s Capability Framework platform that assesses barriers to achieving greater private sector participation in infrastructure investment across some 40 countries.
The Global Infrastructure Facility was established in March 2015 as a Partnership Program housed at the World Bank Group (WBG).
EBRD donors China, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the World Bank have supported this facility with an initial capitalization of US$ 100 million.
GIF provides technical assistance to Emerging Market governments for project preparation and structuring of selected infrastructure projects and programmes aimed at increasing the deal flow of bankable projects.
In April 2016 the EBRD agreed to work with the IFC’s Advisory Services to jointly prepare a number of PPP projects across the EBRD region.
ADB’s Asian Pacific Project Preparation Financing Facility - AP3F, approved by senior management in August, 2014, was operationalised in January 2016. The AP3F is sized at US$ 150 million for a 5 year period. Whilst the AP3F will focus primarily on India, China, and Indonesia, the IPPF actively coordinates with the AP3F management to ensure complementarity in the EBRD’s countries of operation.
In December 2015 the EBRD, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) supported the development of the PPP Knowledge Lab, an online resource on public-private partnerships provided collectively by a large group of MDBs. The EBRD supported the creation of the urban transport and district heating sectors of the platform.
‘International Infrastructure Support System’ (IISS) - IISS is an open, shared cloud-based project dissemination tool that facilitates better quality and more complete project preparation, by producing a standardised amount of information on PPPs under preparation. It also provides a means of interactive information flow between the public and private sectors, which will be able to comment on publically available documentation (e.g., feasibility study summaries, pre-qualification criteria, etc.). For IFIs and their clients, IISS offers a means of standardising the way projects are prepared. IISS is supported in its start-up phase by various IFIs, including World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and EBRD. IPPF uploads its projects onto these platforms for the benefit of the project promoters.
EIU Infrascope Series - Built by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and with funding and collaboration from MDB partners, Infrascope is a benchmarking index that assesses the capacity of countries to deliver sustainable public-private partnerships in infrastructure. All IFIs, including EBRD through the IPPF, are contributing to a ‘global refresh’ of the index by funding some 15-20 countries per region on the same standard methodology for the first time. This allows Infrascope to be of even greater value to emerging market governments and investors.
The EBRD has contributed to the design of the ‘PPP Certification’, a new internationally recognised training programme for public sector staff in emerging markets, launched in 2016. IPPF provides funding for training of candidates in our CoOs to take the certification course.
Sustainable Development Investment Partnership – SDIP was created under the guidance of a Steering Committee comprised of USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (“Sida”), the World Economic Forum and the OECD, to provide an “open forum for governments – of developed and developing countries - and the private sector to partner to explore how to work together to assist developing countries and emerging economies to meet their investment needs.” The SDIP include approximately 40 major donors, IFIs, private foundations with and view towards facilitating some USD 10 billion in infrastructure investment by 2020.
GViP – GlobalViP is designed as a public utility tool for infrastructure project decision-makers, giving public and private sector users just-in-time access to expertise worldwide. GViP aims to address the issue of project development and project preparation by allowing project developers (public and private) rapid, accurate, access to global expertise on a constant and rapid basis. The platform allows infrastructure project owners (at the country, state and local levels) to access expertise on a global level. GViP offers users the ability to access information from global experts, using an online platform with social media and crowd-sourcing technology. IPPF is actively involved in this platform and uploads all projects prepared by IPPF into the system.