10 years of EU-AITF involvement on the ground

Who we are

Established in 2007 by the European Commission and European Union Member States, the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF) has since made a significant contribution to increase investment in infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has done so by blending long term loans from participating financiers with grant resources from Donors.

The EU-AITF has approved over 100 grant operations to date, in support of more than 80 different projects in its four sectors of activity. Read more

Click on the picture to the right to locate the AITF projects on a dynamic map or consult the list of AITF grant operations.

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What we can offer

The EU-AITF offers:

  • Technical assistance in support of all project phases
  • Interest rate subsidies to decrease the EU-AITF Financiers’ loan interest rates
  • Investment Grants to finance project components or part of the investment
  • Financial Instruments like guarantees, risk mitigation measures, equity or quasi-equity investments or participations
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Sector focus

  • Energy: geothermal, hydropower, biomass, solar and wind power plants, transmission lines, sustainable cooking fuels, etc.
  • Transport: road and railway networks, ports, maritime and river routes, air transport, etc.
  • Water: water supply, treatment and sanitation plants, etc.
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT): submarine and terrestrial internet cables, satellite-based infrastructure, etc.
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Key Eligibility Criteria

  • Projects must contribute to economic development and trade, demonstrate African ownership and last, but not least, show a strong development impact by contributing to poverty reduction.
  • Projects must be economically viable and have sustainable Operations & Maintenance plans.
  • Projects must be financed by at least one member of the EU-AITF Project Financiers Group (PFG) and shall ideally be a candidate for PFG co-financing.
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