UKNIAF aims to improve the delivery and management of Nigeria’s infrastructure. It is a flexible, rapid response, demand-led technical assistance programme that primarily supports the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with potential support to sub-national governments. Part of UKNIAF’s focus is on improving investments in and ultimately increasing access to new and improved socially inclusive, climate compatible infrastructure. The programme’s outcomes will contribute towards an increase in job creation, poverty reduction and socio-economic growth.
These outcomes will be delivered through three component areas: Power, Roads and Infrastructure Finance (IF).
The United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF) is a UKAID funded programme implemented by Tetra Tech International Development. Building on the lessons learned during the first two Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility programmes (NIAF 1, NIAF 2), UKNIAF commenced in October 2019. The programme, which will run for four years, is set to end in September 2023; with a possible two-year extension thereafter.
UKNIAF is a demand-led technical assistance programme that primarily supports the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and potentially sub-national governments, to improve the delivery and management of Nigeria’s infrastructure. Part of UKNIAF’s support will be towards improving investments from public and private sector, to critical and inclusive social and climate compatible infrastructure. Its outcomes are expected to result in greater access to new and improved socially inclusive, climate compatible infrastructure, contributing towards an increase in job creation, poverty reduction and socio-economic growth.
UKNIAF outcomes will be delivered through three components, Power, Roads and Infrastructure Finance (IF)
The goal of UKNIAF’s Power component is to provide targeted support and build sector capacity that will ensure alignment between power sector policies and regulations. This will lead to the provision of electricity in a sustainable way through a medium-term electricity market and provide electricity access options for Nigerians. Regulatory independence is the key driver in achieving a contract-based market as it improves transparency.
The goal of the Roads Component is to support the management and maintenance of the Federal Road Network. This will be implemented by working with relevant government agencies to overcome existing constraints to achieve transformational change in the way that public money is spent on the Federal Road Network. This will help improve the recovery of the FRN condition and provide a road network that facilitates economic growth. The Roads Component will achieve this goal through a three-pronged approach: Road Sector Reform, Effective Road Asset Management and Improved Works Delivery.
The goal of Infrastructure Finance (IF) Component is to support acceleration of private funding for Nigeria’s infrastructure through Infrastructure Finance for social and economic impact. This will be achieved through i) improved investor confidence in relation to IF . ii) increased technical capacity for the delivery of priority IF projects. iii) progression of high-priority projects conceptualised and designed to incorporate gender sensitive, climate and ‘people first’ themes. iv) improved pipeline of bankable IF projects.