Benin - Parakou Urban Transport Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Sep 2014
Signature Date 17 Oct 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21012
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 23,800,000
Status Cancelled

Project General Description

The Parakou Urban Transport Project aims to upgrade urban mobility in Parakou and improve living conditions of people in the project area while reducing road accidents. Parakou is the third largest city with over 200,000 inhabitants and is the regional capital of one of the most productive regions of Benin. The poor and narrow conditions of the two main roads crossing the city are a major constraint to the development of urban economic activities and bring about many traffic accidents. In addition, the serious traffic congestion on these roads is detrimental to national and international traffic and undermines the competitiveness of the North-South corridor. The project will rehabilitate and widen the 17.55 km main roads of the city into 2x2 lanes. The development of the city of Parakou will attract some many people and businesses, resulting in increased agricultural production and improved household incomes in the Department of Borgu while ensuring competitiveness of the whole country. Project activities will be implemented from June 2015 to December 2020. The total cost of the project net of taxes and customs duties is estimated at UA 78.17 million.

Project Objectives

The project goal is to improve urban mobility in Parakou and living conditions of people in the project area while reducing road accidents. Project specific objectives outline as follows (i) upgrade the level of road service and reduce road accidents; (ii) ensure efficiency of urban activities and improved living conditions of the communities in the city of Parakou.


200,000 inhabitants are the beneficiaries of the project (49.9% women) of the 3 districts of the city of Parakou. Specifically, the direct beneficiaries will be the main socio-professional groups in the PIA (road users, carriers/transport operators, traders, industrialists, women's groups, farmers, schools and health centres users bordering the two project roads, etc.) and local communities along the roads. The indirect beneficiaries include people from other cities of Benin, including Borgou cotton farmers and also from neighbouring countries, especially Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo and Nigeria.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Direction Générale des Travaux Publics


IATI identifier 46002-P-BJ-D00-006
Last Update 30 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name BOUBACAR Ibrahim

Geographic Location

Country Benin
Coordinates Location Name
9.34991 2.62262 Commune of Parakou
9.33716 2.63031 Parakou