Democratic Republic of Congo - National Road No.1 Rehabilitation Project: Kinshasa/Ndjili – Batshamba Section

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Jun 2019
Signature Date 26 Sep 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 50,570,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The project will focus on rehabilitating the Kinshasa/Ndjili-Kenge-KikwitBatshamba road section, which covers 622 km. It links Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to Mai Ndombe, Kwango, Kwilu and Kassaï provinces. The Kinshasa-Batshamba link, including the 72.80-km Kwango-Kenge section financed by the Bank, is currently an enormously difficult stretch to travel due to the degradation of the roadway and many erosion areas that could cause the road to collapse. This degradation is partly due to the poor choice of the base course (cement base on the sandy loam soil of Batéké Plateaux). The Kinshasa/Ndjili-Kenge-Kikwit-Batshamba road section (622 km), which is the focus of this project, is part of the National Road No. 1 (RN1) from Moanda to Kasumbalesa. The RN1 is the backbone and main transformative highway of the road transport system in DRC. It connects Banana and Matadi ports to major cities in the west of the country, particularly Lubumbashi in the south, to the Zambian border, over about 3,130 km. Given the importance of this road for the country's economic and social development and the access it provides to the interior, as well as its key role in intra-regional trade, the Government has devoted most funding from donors involved in the transport sector to its gradual rehabilitation. The project route follows the existing road and covers land with very variable relief. The project will improve the service level of the RN1 and access to Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to Kwango, Kwilu and Kasai Provinces. It will also help improve food security, increase the availability of agricultural products, reduce travel time, and build the capacity of support services, vocational training and social reintegration structures, and grassroots communities. The total project cost, excluding customs duties and taxes, is estimated at UA 50.57 million. The project will be financed entirely by the Bank through a loan from its ADF window.

Project Objectives

The project’s overall objective is to help open up the country and reduce poverty among the population. The project objective is to safeguard and ensure sustainability of investments made in the sector, maintain the RN1 in improved and secure condition throughout the year to facilitate connectivity between local built-up areas, and ensure traffic flow from Matadi to Batshamba.


The project beneficiaries are the population of the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo and Mai Ndombe, Kwango, and Kwilu provinces (19,344,000 inhabitants), as well as the road users (traders, farmers, drivers, handlers, etc.).

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-CD-DB0-012
Last Update 19 Oct 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Congo, the Democratic Republic of the