Ethiopia - Integrated Transport Program - Phase I (Jimma-Chida and Sodo-Sawla Road Upgrading Project)

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Dec 2016
Signature Date 30 Jan 2017
Planned Completion Date 02 Sep 2026
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21012
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 132,080,711.28
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Ethiopia Integrated Transport Program Phase I (Jimma – Chida & Sodo-Sawla Road Upgrading Project) consist the upgrading of the existing 240 km road sections to all weather high standard asphalt concrete surfaced road with a 7m wide carriageway and 1.5m x 2 sealed shoulders. The road will connect the towns of Jimma and Sodo directly and further connect Sawla to the main trunk road network, linking the local populations to Addis Ababa city and the rest of the country. The project includes skills development and capacity building in transport sectoral issues and climate change, and support in women entrepreneurial capacity. In addition, the project will implement fully the environmental and social management plan including improvements in emergency response facilities at Sawla hospital. The expected outcomes include improved road network, increased travel speeds and savings in time and vehicle operating costs. Other outcomes include increased skills, knowledge and capacity in transport issues, and improved response to road safety emergencies. The project will cost UA 191.34 m. Each lot of road works will be constructed in 4 years.

Project Objectives

The project objective is to provide all-weather climate – resilient road transport infrastructure to the rich agricultural area of southern Ethiopia and connect Sawla in the hinterland to Jimma and Addis Ababa. Furthermore, the project will provide capacity building and social infrastructure. The outcomes include improved road connectivity, reduced travel times and costs, improved road safety, improved access to social services eg maternal health care, gender sensitization and empowerment, HIV/AIDS prevention and increased skills and knowledge in transport sector issues.


The project road will serve 8 woredas (districts) situated in Oromia and SNNP Regional States serving a population of about 1.4 million people. The direct beneficiaries of the project will include small holder farmers, traders, agro-businesses, transporters, women entrepreneurs, mothers, transport sector experts and others. The general population will have improved access to social amenities and economic centres.

Participating Organization

Accelerated Cofinancing Facility for Africa
African Development Fund
Government of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Roads Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-ET-D00-007
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Bassy Jeremy AGUMA

Geographic Location

Country Ethiopia
Coordinates Location Name
7.66667 37 Jimma zone
7.16667 36.7833 Chida
6.86 37.76159 Sodo