Mali - Trans-Sahara Highway Project (TSH-Phase 2 –Bourem-Kidal Section)

Project Summary

Approval Date 02 Oct 2019
Signature Date 29 Oct 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 39,460,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project concerns the Bourem-Kidal Section on the Malian section of the Trans-Sahara Highway (TSH) – an infrastructure at the centre of economic, social, political and security stakes for the continent. The highway is located in the Algiers/Lagos and Dakar/Djibouti Trans-African corridors, identified by the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), as priority projects to achieve NEPAD objectives by 2020. The 9,022-km TSH serves six countries (Algeria, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Tunisia and Chad) and comprises one main trunk, Alger/Lagos (4,498 km) and three secondary sections: the Tunisian section (866 km); the Malian section (2,461 km) and the Chadian section (1,197 km). Since significant financial resources need to be mobilised to develop these corridors, the States concerned opted for a gradual and phased development strategy. The Malian section of TSH, which is 2,461 km long, includes sections towards Niger (203 km) and others towards Algeria (741 km). This Phase 2 of the TSH Project concerns the Bourem-Kidal section (285.83km). Implementing it will help to resolve the major issues of peace, security, economic and social development, and fragility. The project is perceived by the Malian authorities as a factor of national unity, peace and social cohesion. Not only will it open up the Kidal region and strengthen the process of pacification of the Northern zones of Mali, it will also increase trade between Kidal and the other regions of the country as well as between Mali and Algeria. The project also comes as a political response to the imbalanced regional development so much decried by armed movements in Northern Mali. This intervention is crucial for the Liptako-Gourma sub-region and particularly for Mali since it will help to strengthen national unity and reduce development inequalities. Furthermore, it will help to strengthen the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement following the Algiers process and signed on 15 May and 20 June 2015 in Bamako between the Government and the armed rebellion. Project implementation will span 6 years for a total cost, net of taxes and customs duty, including physical contingencies and price escalation, of UA 110.52 million.

Project Objectives

At the strategic level, the project contributes to the objective of economic growth and accessibility of the northern zones of the country. Specifically, the project will help to: (i) improve the service level of the Bourem-Kidal road; and (ii) improve the living conditions of the population in the Project Direct Impact Area (PDIA).


The economic and social benefits concern directly or indirectly all the users of the Trans-Sahara Highway, but mainly the inhabitants of the project direct impact area (PDIA) at the Bourem and Kidal administrative divisions (“cercles”). Apart from infrastructure that will be constructed, the project will usher in peace, economic and social development in Northern Mali with Bank support, youth employability through the development and strengthening of existing local very small and medium- sized enterprises(VSME) and women’s income-generating activities. It will also check unemployment and/or under-employment by prioritizing the labour-intensive (LI) approach, training SMEs and fostering the learning of diverse trades. The project’s direct beneficiaries are transport users and the population living in the PDIA.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Mali


IATI identifier 46002-P-ML-DB0-015
Last Update 04 Dec 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Mali