The implementation strategy, called the Action, is one of the three contracts concluded by EC to facilitate delivery of the 2 Services. Of the total funding for the Action, 17 Million Euro will be purposely reserved for grants through a Call for Proposals to finance the operations of the Regional Implementation Centers (RICs) in the execution of the activities outlined under the Action. An earlier exercise of a Call for Concept Notes to get an idea of the configuration of consortia that will be competitively applying for the Grants revealed that all the applications under the 2 Services were selected by at least one consortium; except for one: “Surveillance, Monitoring and Assessment of Environmental Impacts of Mining activities.” The AUC will use its grants procedures to achieve the objectives of the programme, ensuring that funds are spent in a transparent, efficient and fair manner. Thus, the bulk of the implementation work will be done by consortia of regional institutions led by the RICs that will apply for the grants. Each of the five regions of the continent will have at least one RIC to coordinate technical execution of the Action.
On the other hand, the capacity development component will be implemented through a procurement process to be overseen by the AUC. Training and capacity development will be carried out through the Pan African University.