1.2 Rural roads in sub-Saharan Africa

This report presents the review findings of some 127 projects with rural road components in sub-Saharan Africa. It stresses the urgent need to develop a coherent rural road strategy and support for institutional capability in each country. It refers to the serious bottleneck in the provision of rural transport through poor infrastructure.

Planning is seen as a process involving key constituencies at various levels rather than a methodology. The report says prevailing financial constraints and low traffic volumes suggest that most rural roads in sub- Saharan Africa should be designed to deliver essential access with an emphasis on spot surface improvements for better drainage.

The World Bank recommends the assessment of labour-based operations with a particular emphasis on maximising the employment of women in road maintenance.

The report stresses the need to eventually involve local funding administered by local organisations with technical advice from central authorities.

Issuing body: World Bank
Type: Technical Paper
Status: Final
Rural roads in sub-Saharan Africa. Lessons from World Bank experience
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