Road Rehabilitation – Ethiopia
In Ethiopia under the Protection of Basic Services programme (PBS), Irish Aid and other development partners are supporting the Government of Ethiopia in its efforts to improve the delivery of social services at a local level and to strengthen the Government’s accountability. The expansion of road networks is critical to promoting access of social basic services such as health, education, agricultural extension and marketing, etc. The government has demonstrated strong commitment to improving access through construction of rural roads under the Universal Rural Road Access Project (URRAP). The proportion of kebeles (neighborhood/villages) connected by all-weather roads has increased from 39% in 2009/10 to 42% in 2010/11. About 854 kms all-weather roads were constructed in 2010/11. Through PBS support about 500 wodera road desks were established. The PBS III will contribute to build management capacity at woreda (district) level. More woreda (district) road desks with appropriate staff and resources will be recruited to enhance the woreda’s capacity to administer management of road maintenance. Road transport is the dominant mode of transport in Ethiopia and plays a pivotal role in supporting economic and social development, with roads carrying about 95 percent of the country’s passenger and freight traffic and providing the only form of access to most rural communities.
For more information: http://go.worldbank.org/NCJ3KXP0A0