Poor infrastructure is a major constraint to economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria. Improvements in infrastructure and key infrastructure services—from structural reform, investment in new infrastructure, improvements in operation and maintenance, better capital project prioritization and implementation, and smarter financing—will be a major enabler for growth in a wide range of economic activities.
It will also generate enhanced livelihood opportunities for a broad distribution of the population, and will promote improvements in social welfare. Infrastructure provision also has a significant bearing on the environment generally and specifically on climate change, while the latter also has implications for how infrastructure should be developed.
The aim of the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) programme is to facilitate and accelerate infrastructure reform and development by improving access to technical assistance responsive to the particular issues encountered by the public and private sectors in infrastructure. It seeks to reduce infrastructure constraints to growth in non-oil gross domestic product and employment, and reduced poverty, due to the relaxation of binding infrastructure constraints. NIAF provides technical assistance to enhance the management of infrastructure development at the federal level and in selected states.
Infrastructure development in Nigeria hardly takes into account the impacts of climate change and has not benefitted adequately from existing opportunities for low carbon development. The climate change activity area in NIAF seeks to improve resilience and support the achievement of quantifiable reduction in carbon intensity of infrastructural investments across a range of programme activities. It works to achieve the following:
Expand access to pro-poor electricity access using grid and off-grid solutions in Northern Nigeria;
Implement an ambitious programme to extend the benefits of clean cooking energy to millions of Nigerians;
Expand the pipeline of climate and clean energy finance; and
Enhance the climate compatibility of other NIAF projects.
ICEED is a consortium partner with Adam Smith International in the implementation of the NIAF. The Centre provides thought leadership and project management on the climate change component of the Facility.