Access to infrastructure

21 projects which will benefit an estimated 24 million people became operational in 2016

Ultimately, the principal objective of PIDG’s funding support is to increase people’s access to effective infrastructure, be it energy, water or opportunities for mobility and trade. Therefore, it is crucial for PIDG to understand, as far as possible, how many people gain access to new or improved infrastructure as a result of its activities.

PIDG collects data on expected access before a deal is closed, after a deal is closed, and once a project becomes operational. As more projects become operational, so the number of people benefiting from new or improved infrastructure increases.

There is a challenge in that reliable access estimates are not always available, in particular for energy generation projects. Where this is the case, PIDG – like other development finance institutions – uses ‘conversion methodologies’ as agreed by the International Financial Institution Harmonisation Group. These estimates provide an indication of the numbers of people who have gained new or improved access to infrastructure.

We recognise that, even with the conversion methodology, it is particularly difficult to estimate beneficiary numbers for grid-tied energy generation projects. There are also some types of projects for which determining beneficiary estimates is not practical either at project level or through the use of conversion methodologies; these include ports, roads and manufacturing projects.

In 2016, as part of PIDG’s desire to tackle these problems, it carried out a review of historic access numbers to ensure that claimed development impact figures are as robust as possible given the parameters of the conversion methodology.

This was the first step in a wider process that will also involve identifying and testing new ways of estimating beneficiaries – both for those sectors where PIDG currently has methodologies, and for those where the beneficiaries are difficult to determine – and, in the longer term, feeding in the findings from its evaluation work to ensure that PIDG is capturing real impact.

This more cautious approach to the estimation of predicted beneficiaries has resulted in a substantial reduction in the cumulative predicted figures on two outlier projects.  These projects have the potential to reach considerably more beneficiaries than the revised predictions, but PIDG will only include these people in the numbers when the projects are more mature and more detailed information becomes available.

"With electricity, there has been enough light inside the house and the children, who were using a kerosene lamp to study, were able to study until late in the night. In the days to come we will also be able to own a radio and TV in order to be in touch with various news, and a fridge to keep milk and butter cold and fresh."

Paul Mwamlima, resident of Shitunguru, Redavia solar pilot, Tanzania

InfraCo Africa

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Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016