The World Bank is working in partnership with other key organizations in leading preparation of a study (Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostics - AICD) on strategic issues relating to infrastructure development (including ICT), to serve as a vehicle for building consensus about the appropriate response to Africa’s infrastructure problems.
The donor community is in the process of scaling-up contribution to infrastructure financing, in particular in the Sub-Saharan part of Africa. However, more resources will demand more accountability, and accountability requires better measurement of inputs and outcomes.
The Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostics (AICD) is a program that will combine studies on major topics of strategic importance to the infrastructure sectors, including for telecommunications, with a major data collection exercise to set the baseline against which the renewed efforts to address the infrastructure challenge can eventually be assessed.
The World Bank is leading in the preparation of this Study which is complementary to the parallel NEPAD MTLSF Study. Both studies are being undertaken in close collaboration with each other and will:
assist individual countries in benchmarking the relative performance of their infrastructure sector and formulating their own country-specific strategies in the light of regional experience;
assist donors in designing appropriate support for infrastructure reform, finance, regulation and investment
allow an improved evaluation of the collective efforts to meet Africa’s need by establishing a baseline of the current situation on the continent
act as a core reference document on all strategic issues relating to infrastructure and hence a vehicle for building consensus about the appropriate response to Africa’s infrastructure problems.