Malawi - Karonga-Chitipa Road Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 1999
Signature Date 10 Feb 2000
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2008
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2007
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 248,070.66
Status Cancelled

Project General Description

The Karonga-Chitipa Road Project aims to improve rural road infrastructure development in Malawi. It should support the local economies of the Chitipa and Karonga districts by reducing the transportation cost of agricultural and industrial products of the region, and reducing travel time between the two district centers. The proposed road should improve transport services between Malawi and Zambia, and contribute towards the promotion of regional integration. The output of the project will be a two-lane 47.3-km bitumen surfaced road with 6.7-meter carriageway and 1.5-meter wide sealed shoulders on both sides, between Lifilya and Chitipa, as a section of the Karonga-Chitipa road. The project comprises the following components: (i) construction works for the upgrading of the existing gravel surfaced road to bitumen standard with 6.7-meter carriageway and 1.5-meter wide sealed shoulders on both sides for a total length of 47.3 km between Lifilya and Chitipa; (ii) consultancy services for supervision of construction works, and (iii) project audit services.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to improve and expand the transport infrastructure at least cost to meet the economic and socio-political needs for transport while minimizing the cost to the economy. The objective of the project is to improve road transport services in the project area and to contribute towards the promotion of regional integration, in particular between Malawi and Zambia.


The project targets road users, local communities, economic operators, farmers, etc.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Malawi


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-DB0-008
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name KIGGUNDU Lawrence

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-10.1115 33.8815 Karonga District
-10.80292 33.80524 Rumphi District
-9.92727 33.4254 Chitipa District