The Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP) is set to admit the first cohort of its fellows hosted by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) and Meridian.
The AIFP is a public−private initiative whose objective is to train African government infrastructure specialists and enable them to facilitate increased investment in a pipeline of new sustainable infrastructure developments.
A pan-African training, the programme will focus on the sharing of practical knowledge, expertise and cooperation between private and the public sectors for infrastructure projects with a tangible social and economic impact within communities.
The inaugural cohort will undergo a three-month capacity building programme in France comprising of academic training at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
The programme is a partnership including the International Finance Corporation, MIGA (World Bank Group), the French Development Agency, Société Générale, the African Legal Support Facility and Colas among others.
“We are thrilled to launch the first cohort of this important training programme. Africa’s unmet infrastructure need is estimated at nearly $3-trillion by 2040 and this programme plays an important role in developing greater capacity to deliver infrastructure investment and reform in Africa,” says GI Hub CEO Marie Lam-Frendo.
AIFP chairperson Thierry Déau and Meridian CEO said a balance between a purely academic training and a leadership programme would best be suited to support the rise of a new generation of high-level public sector decision-makers.
The programme will contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by accelerating the improvement and promotion of sustainable infrastructure projects across the continent.
Ten fellows selected for the inaugural cohort are drawn from five African countries including Ethiopia, Gabon, Namibia, Cameroon and Senegal.