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  • Can I get funding from the Technical Assistance Facility?

    The Technical Assistance Facility is only available to the PIDG Companies (and DevCo) for funding for projects that they may support. It is not available to external applicants.

  • How do I get funding for my infrastructure project from PIDG?

    The PIDG does not provide direct support, but acts through the PIDG subsidiary companies which offer specialised financing and project development expertise.

    The investment policies and contact details for each of the PIDG companies are provided on the Our Companies page. You should contact the PIDG company that is most relevant directly about funding.

  • How does the PIDG prevent corruption in its funded projects?

    The PIDG Code of Conduct sets out on PIDG’s anti-corruption measures.

    PIDG maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding bribery and corruption.

    Bribery and corruption are substantial threats to good governance, sustainable development, the democratic process and fair business practices. Bribery and corruption undermine attempts to achieve higher levels of economic and social welfare and impede efforts to reduce poverty. Corrupt actions also lead to loss of confidence in public and private sector.

    If you suspect corruption in a PIDG supported project please report it via the PIDG complaint procedure to the PIDG Programme Management Unit .

  • I have a complaint about a PIDG supported project, who do I contact?

    Please submit your complaint in writing to our office:

    To: Diane Harris, Chief Operating Officer
    PIDG Programme Management Unit
    c/o MDY Legal
    St Nicholas House
    St Nicholas Road
    Sutton, SM1 1EL
    UK

    Make sure to include the following:

    • clear description of the complaint;
    • your name and full address, telephone number and possibly your e-mail address;
    • your PIDG contact

    For more expedient settlement of your complaint, please also include copy (copies) of information related to - or relevant for - your complaint.

    Alternatively you can submit your complaint via the Enquiry Form on the Contact Us page.

  • Management services to PIDG companies are provided by the private sector. How can this be justified from an aid budget?

    Financing and developing infrastructure projects is a complex undertaking requiring specialist knowledge and expertise. By using organisations that are experienced in this field the PIDG can ensure that the work is being carried out to the highest standards providing the best value for money for donors and the greatest impact for recipients.

  • What direct impact do PIDG supported projects have?

    The PIDG has developed a comprehensive results monitoring framework to assess the development impact of projects supported by PIDG companies and facilities through a range of carefully chosen indicators.

    The key development impact indicators for which data is collected include the following:

    • Private sector investment committed to the project, including contribution from the domestic commercial sector, commercial foreign investors/ foreign direct investment and the loan and equity commitments from development finance institutions
    • Number of additional people expected to be served by the infrastructure provided, as well as the number of people expected to receive improved services as a result of the project
    • Fiscal impact of the PPI investment, including details of upfront fees paid to the government and expected corporate taxes to be paid over a five year period; Long-term (during operations) and short-term (during construction) direct employment effects
    • A focus on the poorest countries (those in the first three columns of the Development Assistance Committee’s list of Overseas Development Aid recipients) and fragile/post-conflict states, with an extra emphasis (of approximately 75% of all investments) to be targeted in the poorest countries of Africa and Asia.

    In addition, qualitative information is collected on how the project fits in with national development plans, as well as, where relevant, information on the likely scale of the expected impact on the national or regional economy. For more information on the results monitoring of PIDG projects and their impacts please see the Development Impact page

  • What is the rationale for using aid funds to support the private sector?

    Aid funds can be used both to help governments in poorer countries tackle the obstacles that may prevent private sector investment to flow (such as better government regulations and capacity) which is not commercially financeable and, by partnering with the private sector in investment, encourage investors to finance projects they might otherwise not do so on their own initially because of perceived risks. Limited use of aid funds, used in smart ways, can therefore catalyse much larger flows of private sector finance and delivery capacity – in the case of the PIDG up to 30 to 40 times.

  • Why doesn't PIDG spend donor resources on public or community-based service delivery options?

    Public and community-based service delivery options are an important part of the mix in delivering infrastructure services. But alone they are not enough either because public resources and capacity are limited or some of the risks of delivery can be more efficiently and effectively managed by the private sector. The PIDG specialises in mobilising private sector resources. Where appropriate, the PIDG will work with public and community based organisations.

  • Why is infrastructure required?

    Low levels of infrastructure provision are a major hindrance to growth and economic development. Better infrastructure improves the quality of lives for people, leads to more efficient use of scarce resources and enables growth to take place which lifts people out of poverty in the poorest countries. Public resources for infrastructure are not enough, especially in the poorest countries.

    The PIDG was set up to encourage the participation of the private sector in infrastructure provision in the poorest countries by helping to overcome the obstacles and challenges to their involvement. For further information on infrastructure provision please see our What We Do page.