Malawi - The Trunk Road Rehabilitation – Blantyre-Zomba Road Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 May 2009
Signature Date 21 Oct 2009
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2015
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2015
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 20,158,449.78
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Trunk Road Rehabilitation Project: Blantyre-Zomba road is part of the North-South spine linking the southern part of Malawi to the central and northern regions and further on to Tanzania. The 60 km road is an important link on Route 29 of the SADC Regional Trunk Road Network (RTRN). The intervention has been identified by Government as first on the list of priority roads for rehabilitation in the Road Sector Programme (RSP 2007-2011). The project will contribute to the reduction of poverty by enhancing economic activities in the area and hence achieve the objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), which is in line with Bank Group Country Strategy Paper under Pillar I. The in-situ recycling strategy adopted for rehabilitation of the Blantyre-Zomba Road will contribute to knowledge generation on new techniques of best international practice in rehabilitation technology. The project is to be implemented over a five-year period for a total financial requirement of UA26.713 million.

Project Objectives

The project purpose is to promote economic growth and poverty reduction through a coordinated transport environment that fosters safe and competitive operation of commercially viable, financially sustainable and environmentally friendly transport services. The objective is to improve the quality of transport services on the Blantyre-Zomba road and improve accessibility by the local communities to markets and social and economic services.


The beneficiaries of the project include dwellers of the three districts, communities along the road, business operators, traders and commuters. Outcomes include increased economic activities due to improved transport services with reductions in the cost of transport, travel time and improved road safety and ultimately improve the living standards of the communities.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Malawi


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-DB0-011
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name MAKASA Davies Bwalya

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-15.7527 35.2158 Chiradzulu District
-15.4301 35.4183 Zomba District
-15.7868 35.0139 Blantyre
-15.6096 34.5224 Mwanza
-15.3981 34.6534 Neno
-14.8167 34.6333 Ntcheu
-15.1708 34.6126 Tsangano Mission
-15.386 35.3188 Zomba