Burundi - Makebuko-Ruyigi Road (RN13) Rehabilitation Project: Phase 1 Makebuko-Butanganzwa Road Section

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Dec 2013
Signature Date 18 Feb 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 8,940,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project, which concerns the rehabilitation of the Makebuko–Ruyigi Road/Phase 1/Makebuko–Butanganzwa Road Section, falls within the Road Network Improvement Programme in Burundi. It is aligned with the objectives of the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the 2012-2016 period, and will help consolidate the Gitega–Cankuzo road link (Burundi/Tanzania border) and provide access to the eastern part of the country. The Makebuko–Ruyigi road section is considered as the black spot of the Gitega–Cankuzo road link. Its rehabilitation will provide access to the interior of the country and stimulate trade between the Eastern regions and the Centre and Northern regions of the country. The project comprises: (i) the rehabilitation and paving of the 22 km-long Makebuko–Butanganzwa road; (ii) the construction of related road facilities; (iii) institutional support; and (iv) capacity building activities for the Project Executing Agency. Its implementation will sustainably link Gitega (the country’s second biggest town) to Cankuzo in the east of the country (Burundi/Tanzania border). The project will be implemented over a three year period (January 2014–December 2016) with a total cost, net of taxes, is estimated at UA 9.93 million.

Project Objectives

The project’s sector goal is to contribute to opening up the country’s interior and improving the living conditions of the rural population. The project’s specific objectives are to: (i) contribute to improving the level of service on the Makebuko–Ruyigi road; (ii) improve the rural accessibility index and the living conditions of the population in the project area; and (iii) help to define an organization and and-use framework in four secondary towns. The Bank’s intervention seeks to support the Government’s efforts in implementing its strategy to open up the country, particularly regions with proven economic potential, and complements European Union operations in the region.


The direct project impact area (PIA) covers Itaba and Makebuko municipal councils in Gitega Province and Butaganzwa and Ruyigi municipal councils in Ruyigi Province. The beneficiary population is estimated at two million people, or 21% of the country’s total population. The road will facilitate the sale of agricultural produce and provide easy access to basic infrastructure (schools, health centres, etc.). In addition, the road will benefit the entire country inasmuch as it will facilitate the transportation of goods from Tanzania and food products from the East region, which is one of the main breadbaskets of Burundi, to the other provinces of the country, and particularly to the capital, Bujumbura. Related facilities, such as the rehabilitation of rural roads and support for women’s associations, will increase the project’s socio-economic impacts and contribute to reducing poverty in the area.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Burundi
Ministère des Travaux Publics et de l'Equipement, Direction Générale des Routes


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-DB0-017
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Gérard NIMPA
Email g.nimpa@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.59667 30.0019 Makebuko
-3.56936 30.142 Commune of Butaganzwa
-3.65434 30.015 Commune of Itaba
-3.5793 30.124 Maramya
-3.6117 30.0575 Martyazo
-3.6111 30.0296 Mujejuru
-3.5272 29.7034 Mwaro
-3.9279 29.992 Rutana
-3.47639 30.2486 Ruyigi
-3.6026 29.9977 Makebuko