PwC have been appointed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to manage and deliver the Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) programme. ICED is a new catalytic technical assistance facility, which aims to fundamentally improve how infrastructure and cities contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable, inclusive growth across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The programme is funded by UK aid.
Infrastructure spending in DFID's focus countries is often limited by a lack of financially viable projects and weak institutional and governance arrangements. Furthermore there has been a lack of focus to date on harnessing the potential of cities and urban areas to drive growth and create jobs. Underlying these issues are wider challenges related to the enabling environment for investment in infrastructure and cities. ICED is designed to address these constraints to growth by supporting city competitiveness, encouraging infrastructure governance reform, and promoting evidence-based policymaking.