PIDA’s governance processes are anchored in the Institutional Architecture for Infrastructure Development in Africa (IAIDA). The main objective of this architecture is to create an integrated and enabling management environment capable of enhancing the capacity of the African Union and its institutions to streamline all efforts into tangible achievements.
IAIDA comprises two mechanisms including decision-making and implementation that are defined with respect to the political mandates of the participating institutions.
The Council for Infrastructure Development (CID)
The main function of the CID is to review selected projects and ensure coherence and harmonisation across sectors, arbitrate and approve priority projects, as well as provide strategic guidance for resource mobilisation and technical co-operation. It also reviews project or programme implementation reports and may resolve any issue brought to its attention.
The CID advises the AU Executive Council on ways of tackling challenges in the implementation of PIDA projects and guarantees successful realisation of the programme by 2020.
Infrastructure Advisory Groups (IAG)
The IAG advises the AUC on technical economic and financial relevance on sectoral infrastructure projects and programmes. This committee comprises high-level experts and directors in charge of infrastructure of RECs. It meets at least twice a year in ordinary sessions to prepare the CID meetings.
PIDA Steering Committee (PSC)
In addition to overseeing the work and activities of the PIDA, the Steering Committee comprises the NEPAD, AUC, AfDB and RECs. It is responsible for evaluating the status of implementation, identifying challenges and recommending ways to improve working processes within PIDA.
Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA)
The ICA is a catalyst for improving Africa’s infrastructure services by leveraging its convening and co-ordinating capacity. Its annual meetings comprise a session during the Project Preparation Facilities (PPF) Network to discuss and agree upon modes of co-operation to jointly tackle the complex and large- scale preparation of cross-border PIDA projects.
These key governance processes ensure that PIDA PAP achieves the goals established for 2020 by adhering to a robust and transparent process. During the 2016 PIDA Week, these governance forums considered the findings from the mid-term review and resulted in key decisions being made that direct PIDA PAP into the future.