Frequently Asked Questions

1. Overall PIDA & PIDA-PAP 2 Process

What were the biggest challenges faced in PIDA-PAP 1?

The key challenges learned from PIDA-PAP 1 were, among others:

  • Need for a more robust selection process
  • Need for a shorter but more operational list of projects
  • Better project implementation l

Planning process of PIDA-PAP 2 is structured as such to overcome these challenges.

Can PIDA-PAP 1 projects that were not delivered be taken up in PIDA-PAP 2?

Member states/Regional Economic Communities project that were not realized during PIDA-PAP 1, if still a regional priority, can be resubmitted in the PIPA-PAP 2 selection process.

Are the projects selected for PIDA-PAP 2 going to be funded?

PIDA is a framework for coordination of member states to plan and undertake regional projects – the selected projects will be delivered by member states.

The framework will provide a range of support to the MS/RECs to ensure for identification and prioritization of projects. The framework will also concentrate efforts at the continental level to aid with project preparation (with a focus on projects financial attractiveness) and project resource mobilization. And hence support in moving the project forward.

**Nevertheless, the 50 projects don’t limit the member states to do more than what has been allocated by PIDA-PAP 2 framework.

Can new projects be submitted in the PIDA-PAP 2?

Yes, all projects with regional impact can be submitted – old or new.

Can all the projects be from one sector?

Each region should submit at least one project from each sector.

Is it one project per country?

No, it is 10 projects per region (North, South, Central, East and West), at least one project from each of the 4 PIDA sector. One project per small island developing states (SIDS) will be also be included.

Do the selected projects need to have pre-feasibility studies done?

No, this is not a necessity but can be beneficial for accuracy of the data.

What is the role of the member states in the submission process?

MS support through project identification and consult with their respective RECs on project submission.  In the case of REC not having capacity, submission can be done by group of member states or individual country.

2. PIDA-PAP 2 Integrated Corridor Approach & Selection Criteria

Is stage of readiness of project part of the pass/fail criteria?

No, stage of readiness is not a project selection criteria. PIDA-PAP 2 encompasses all projects regardless of the stage of readiness.

Are programs accepted as PIDA-PAP 2 projects?

In the context of PIDA-PAP 2, a project is defined as a physical or soft asset planned in one sub-sector of the 4 PIDA sectors, crossing or having impact on several countries within the same region, or cross-regional with an agreed institutional body. Programs are not accepted for PIDA-PAP 2.  PIDA itself is the program.

What is the process of quality control between the regional consultations and the adoption of the project selection list?

As requested by the Bureau of STC the African Union Commission has  setup a Task Force to train RECs and member states regarding project selection and provide quality control during submission process.

Task Force members are PIDA sectoral experts from AUC, AUDA-NEPAD, AfDB and UNECA.

Is the list of PIDA-PAP 2 projects’ static or dynamic?

The PIDA-PAP 2 will represent the first batch of agreed priorities resulting from the analysis and criteria review based on the Integrated Corridor Approach and consultations with RECs and MS.  While the PAP 2 will represent the priority pipeline required to meet the PIDA outcomes over the period 2021-2030, it is not static and will have to be regularly updated to reflect progress made on projects to make way for new priorities as technologies and process learning continue to evolve. As such, once one project in a region is completed or not considered as a priority anymore, the project with the highest following score becomes part of the PIDA-PAP 2.

Therefore, the PAP 2 should be viewed not as a single list cast in stone, but a roll over portfolio where projects not selected at this stage could enter at a later stage, depending on their degree of preparation or need for implementation so as to achieve priority outcomes of RECs and MS.

3. PIDA-PAP 2 Website

What is the submission process and who can submit projects?

The submission process is a 2-stage process that constitutes the following:

  • Submission of projects by RECs focal point upon consultation with member states,
  • In the case of REC not having capacity, submission can be done by group of member states or individual country.
Is the online submission form the formal submission or is hard copy allowed?

Online submission is the only formal submission. There is no other way to submit project to the PIDA-PAP 2 selection process.

Can additional supporting document be uploaded to further support the application?

There is a section for adding supporting document such as feasibility studies, etc. Although this will not add weight to the submission but rather aid the Task force to have an in depth understanding of the project.

Can I see submitted projects to avoid duplication?

Yes, project submitted can be found in the tab titled “Project Proposal” under “All Projects” or “Projects in my region”.

4. PIDA-PAP 2 Submission form

Data collection takes time, what is done to ensure this is done on time?

The information required and online submission form have been kept as simple as possible. Only basic Data is required.

Can a project that is domiciled in one country but has regional impact be submitted – as they usually do not have MoUs?

National projects with regional impact should either be included in REC master plan or agreed upon for submission by the REC upon consultation with member states.

5. PIDA-PAP 2 Screening tool

What is the matrix for the PIDA-PAP Screening tool, and does it select 10 projects per region and per sector?

The tool gives 10 priority projects per region and among the 10 projects per region, at least one project by sector (Transport, Energy, ICT, TWRM).

Are the 10 projects to be selected per region or REC?

The 10 projects are to be selected per region (North, South, Central, East, and West) that makes 50 for the entire continent. And additional, 1 project by Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).

How are islands ranked?

Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) are not ranked within their region, but they have been allocated one project per SIDS to ensure their inclusion in PAP2. In case they submit more than one, there preferred priority project will be shortlisted based on the PIDA-PAP 2 criteria.

What happens if some regions do not have any good projects?

The PIDA-PAP 2 will include 10 projects per Region (North, South, East, West, and Central). The 10 best projects per region as per the selection criteria will be selected. Countries should try to send more than 10 projects per region to have a backup in the long list.

How is the ranking affected if a project is accepted in one region but not in another?

Regions are defined as not overlapping entities (North, East, South, Center, and South).

For the list of countries per region, please refer to https://au.int/en/member_states/countryprofiles2