Infrastructure Skills for Development (IS4D)

The lack of public sector experience in the implementation of complex regional infrastructure projects which require cross-border collaboration has been identified as a critical challenge to Africa’s regional integration. To address this, the NEPAD Agency, in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (through the Australia Africa Partnerships Facility) set up the Infrastructure Skills for Development (IS4D) Programme in 2014. The objectives of this programme are to: ensure better project management skills and capacity among public sector professionals; improve the design and packaging of priority projects; foster institutional learning and peer practitioner networks to ensure effective cross-border project delivery; and; generate and document lessons learnt on the effectiveness of the IS4D model for future programmes.
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Malawi and Tanzania share a border defined by a river. The two countries had long been having discussions between their water management authorities about developing power generation on this resource. Now, the corporate planners from the respective power utilities joined the cross-border discussions and brought in technical harmonisation requirements that had so far been overlooked. Thus, fast-tracking the process of cross-border collaboration on generating electricity for the region.

Implementation agencies from four key corridors, the Dakar-Bamako rail corridor, the Northern multimodal transport corridor, the North-South power transmission corridor and the Beira-Nacala rail corridor, were invited to participate in IS4D. 

A total of 38 participants were selected to participate in the nine-month skills development programme, which commenced in February 2015. The programme takes an ‘action learning’ approach through which participants get to apply new learning and problem solving skills to their own work-based projects through an assigned mentor and peer learning set. This approach is bolstered by a distance learning academic course that develops both technical and softer project management skills.

A new group of public sector professionals started the second phase of the programme in April 2016.

IS4D is an essential component for the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) which promotes the development of high priority, regional infrastructure across the four sectors – Energy, Transport, Trans-boundary Water and ICT. 

Results:

A total of 38 participants participated in the nine-month skills development programme, which commenced in February 2015, which has led to a number of cross-border collaboration on the implementation of high impact, regional infrastructure projects.

For instance, Malawi and Tanzania share a border defined by a river. The two countries had long been having discussions between their water management authorities about developing power generation on this resource. Now, the corporate planners from the respective power utilities joined the cross-border discussions and brought in technical harmonisation requirements that had so far been overlooked. Thus, fast-tracking the process of cross-border collaboration on generating electricity for the region.

Also representatives from Kenya and Tanzania on the Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya (ZTK) Transmission Line formed a joint technical committee for the construction of a national transmission line that will connect the two countries at the border. Two IS4D participants jointly produced harmonised tender documentation and accelerated the pre-bidding process with six short-listed contractors.

Participants on the Standard Gauge Railway, connecting Uganda, Kenya, DRC and South Sudan, have been working together to addressing human resourcing issues and inter-operability standards on a regional basis. 

Malawi has gained representation and participation into regional planning networks studying the feasibility of the Northern Rail line and the Sena rail line from the port of Nacala into the interior land-locked countries beyond Malawi. 

Electrical engineers working for their respective national power utilities on the two sides of the Malawi and Zambia border have been coordinating closely, ensuring that Malawi’s transmission line will be designed to meet the technical specifications for connection to the sub-station on the Zambian side of the border. 

Kenyan IS4D participants are actively involved in the development of a wheeling agreement whereby Tanzania will import power from Ethiopia across Kenyan transmission lines.   

The NEPAD Agency has partnered with Australian Aid in an Infrastructure Skills for Development (IS4D) Initiative, to build human capacity for the effective implementation of regional infrastructure projects.

 

IS4D targets professionals in public sector agencies, from all...

Policy Report

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