Burundi - Nyakararo-Mwaro-Gitega Road (RN18) Upgrade and Asphalting Project/Phase II – Kibumbu-Gitega (Mweya) - (24 km)

Project Summary

Approval Date 01 Feb 2017
Signature Date 23 May 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 13,800,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The upgrade and asphalting project on National Highway No. 18 (RN 18: Nyakararo-Mwaro-Gitega), Phase II, Kibumbu-Gitega segment (Mweya), which is approximately 24 km long, is part of Burundi's road network improvement plan. It was designed in response to the need to improve the road network. RN 18 is one of the economic and strategic routes linking the capital city of Bujumbura to the central, northern and eastern parts of the country. This project is a factor that can contribute to the restoration of social cohesion through the intensification of trade exchanges between different communities and the resulting economic opportunities: promotion of the private sector and employment, especially for young people. More specifically, it should contribute to improving the employability of young people, in particular through the promotion of internships for young engineers, within the companies in charge of the works and the control and monitoring firm. The project has four components: (A) upgrade and asphalting works on the GitegaKibumbu segment (Mweya), including environmental protection measures; (B) ancillary works comprising rehabilitation of 15 km of rural roads and basic socio-economic infrastructure; (C) support to higher education institutions; and (D) project management and monitoring.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to open up access to and within the country, and to strengthen social cohesion, in a bid to support economic activities and improve the people’s living conditions. It also seeks to create access to farming areas as well as social, administrative and commercial infrastructure. The specific objective of the project is to: (i) complete the upgrade and asphalting of RN 18; and (ii) improve the level of service offered to users along RN 18, as well as the people’s living conditions.


The road beneficiaries are essentially: (i) farmers who previously experienced difficulties in selling their harvest and purchasing inputs; (ii) local youth and women who will be employed in jobs created by the road project and get easier access to socio-economic infrastructure; (iii) project area pupils who will enjoy better travel conditions on the road; (iv) the government, which will broaden its tax base through business activities; (v) industrialists and loggers who will benefit from reduced transport costs; and (vi) higher education students who will obtain improved access to the internet.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Burundi
Highways Authority (OdR)


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-DB0-020
Last Update 24 Oct 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Burundi