The Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) was established in 2014 as a G20 initiative to address a critical challenge to private investment in infrastructure in emerging markets and developing economies – lack of bankable infrastructure pipelines. Through its upstream advisory window, the GIF provides end-to-end advisory services to MDB partners and client governments; both funding and hands-on technical expertise. From the earliest project concept through to financial closing, the GIF provides the comprehensive design, appraisal, structuring, and transaction support needed to bring well-structured, bankable, sustainable infrastructure programs and projects to market that attract private investment. The GIF’s global collaboration platform includes a network of Advisory Partners. Among the GIF’s 60 Advisory Partners are pension funds, insurers, asset managers, and investment and commercial banks together representing more than US$18 trillion in assets under management. These Advisory Partners are called upon throughout the structuring process and during market soundings on GIF-supported infrastructure programs and projects to maximize attractiveness to private capital when investment opportunities are brought to market.
The GIF supports infrastructure sectors of energy, transport, water and sanitation, and ICT. Interventions must be climate-smart or support connectivity and integration within and across markets. GIF support is implemented in partnership with the client government’s MDB of choice.
The GIF offers a suite of advisory services ranging from ~USD 50,000 to USD 5 million, including readiness assessments (~USD 50,000 to USD 75,000 grant), definition activities (~USD 300,000 to USD 500,000 grant), and preparation and structuring activities (USD 1 million to USD 5 million grant/flexibly reimbursable).
Applications must be submitted jointly by the government and a GIF technical partner. The first step is to submit a Project Overview. Then either the application for Project Definition Support if pre-feasibility has not been completed, or Project Preparation and Structuring Support Activities application need to be submitted. More information is available on the GIF website or contact the GIF at firstname.lastname@example.org.Typical application approval time: 6-9 months