Our main programs are the Country Engagement Program and our support of capacity-building initiatives including the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program and the Investor Leadership Network.
The GI Hub established the Country Engagement Program in 2019 to provide selected countries with tailored support to address individual country needs, tackle policy roadblocks, help strengthen infrastructure governance and create processes to move toward more sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure.
The country program cycle (see below) is based on a country needs assessment and allows for longer-term support where needed to embed the required capacity and capability.
To maximise the benefit to the country partner, we take a pragmatic approach to prioritising actions proposed as part of the country program. The pragmatic approach considers government demand for each solution, country constraints and the positioning of the GI Hub and its strategic partners to effectively provide support and advice for the solution.
The GI Hub helped create, and continues to support, the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP). The AIFP is a public-private initiative to support African governments to build capacity in public infrastructure procurement.
Developed by the GI Hub, Meridiam and the World Economic Forum, the AIFP delivers a program of practical training for African civil servants to receive tailored training from academic experts and infrastructure professionals, and have the opportunity to undertake hands-on learning by spending time in a private sector sponsor organisation. The AIFP creates the conditions and momentum for change in public infrastructure procurement and delivery, and aims to establish a network of practitioners across Africa and globally, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, insight, technical expertise and on-the-ground experience.
We also partner with Investor Leadership Network to deliver capacity-building training and programs that bridge the gap between the public and private sectors and support investment growth in emerging markets in the long term.
Brazil became the first country to partner with the GI Hub Country Engagement Program in December 2019. Four major initiatives were delivered with the Brazil government through 2020 and into 2021, including a market consultation, benchmarking study, report on foreign currency risk and evaluation of a project preparation platform.
Africa has an infrastructure pipeline that has never been unlocked. The Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program, supported by the GI Hub, is the first of its kind to upskill African public servants in a public-private partnership (PPP) academic program that is tailored to the needs of their countries.
GI Hub partners with Investor Leadership Network to deliver capacity-building training and programs that bridge the gap between the public and private sectors and support investment growth in emerging markets in the long term.