Burundi - Nyakararo-Mwaro-Gitega (RN18) Road Improvement and Asphalting Project – Phase 1 - Nyakararo-Mwaro-Kibumbu Section (30 km)

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Sep 2014
Signature Date 19 Nov 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 19,420,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Nyakararo-Mwaro-Gitega Road Improvement and Asphalting Project/Phase 1, Nyakararo-Mwaro-Kibumbu Section, is part of Burundi´s road network improvement programme. This road, which is approximately 30 km long, is a section of National Highway No.18 (RN 18), and part of the economic and strategic link between the capital and the central, northern and eastern parts of the country. The project comprises the following four components: (A) improvement and asphalting works on the Nyakararo-Mwaro-Kibumbu road (30 km), including environmental protection measures; (B) related improvements, comprising 41 km of rural roads, rehabilitation of grassroots socioeconomic infrastructure and support to women´s groups; (C) institutional support in the form of technical assistance to build the capacity of the professionals in the executing agency ; and (D) project management and monitoring support. Project activities will be implemented from January 2015 to December 2018. The improvement and asphalting of RN18, scheduled to be implemented in two phases, will open up access to the project area and ease congestion on RN1 (Bujumbura–Kayanza) which carries the heavy traffic on the North Corridor (to/from the Port of Mombasa in Kenya) and the Central Corridor (to/from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania) as well as the national traffic between the centre, north and east provinces. The newly constructed road will, therefore, serve as a principal route to the Central Corridor via RN12: Muyinga –Gitega.

Project Objectives

The project sector goal is to help open up access to the country and boost regional trade in order to build the productive capacity of the economy thereby reducing the poverty rate. Its specific objective is to: (i) facilitate the movement of goods and persons along the Nyakararo-Mwaro-Kibumbu road with a view to increasing trade with the rest of the country and with the sub-region; and (ii) increase community access to basic services.


The direct project impact area (PIA) covers all the municipalities of Mwaro Province, with an estimated population of over 270,000 inhabitants, 53% of whom are women. The main beneficiaries of the road are farmers who experience difficulties in procuring inputs and in marketing their produce due to the poor state of the roads. The project will have a positive impact, especially on women and young people because it will improve their access to socio-economic infrastructure and create new intitiatives. The other beneficiaries are industrialists, loggers and transporters whose operating and logistical costs will be significantly reduced thanks to the improvement and asphalting of the main road and rehabilitation of the rural roads.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Burundi
Office des Routes


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-DB0-018
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name NIMPA Gérard
Email g.nimpa@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.5 29.66667 Province de Mwaro
-3.5297 29.6054 Nyakararo
-3.5314 29.7452 Kibumbu