HIPCAR is just one of three regional projects under a broader global initiative to address policy and regulatory challenges facing the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, with the goal of creating an enabling environment for greater investment in ICT infrastructure and ICT-enabled applications. The other two are: “Support for Harmonization of ICT Policies in sub-Saharan Africa” (HIPSSA); and “Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island Countries” (ICB4PAC).
In December 2007, ITU and the European Commission agreed to implement jointly this large-scale global initiative known as "Support for the Establishment of Harmonized Policies for the ICT Market in the ACP”, while building human and institutional capacity in the field of policy and regulation in these three regions. The global initiative also seeks to develop trans-regional synergies in order to promote shared solutions and best practices. To avoid duplication and to increase efficiency, past and current initiatives undertaken by other organizations, such as the European Commission, United Nations agencies and the World Bank are as far as possible taken into account. The global initiative has a time-frame from January 2008 to September 2013, and operates with a budget of EUR 8 million funded by the European Commission, plus a complement of USD 500 000 provided by ITU.