Malawi - Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road Rehabilitation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Mar 2013
Signature Date 05 Apr 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 21,890,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project will involve rehabilitation of the road between the towns of Mzuzu and Nkhatabay. The Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay road is part of the Mtwara Development Corridor (MDC). The MDC is a major and important trade route connecting Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The project road is also an important trunk road linking the northern Malawi to the central and southern parts of the country. The works includes rehabilitation and widening of the carriageway from 4.2m to 6.7m with 1.5m sealed shoulders, recycle base to sub-base and provide 150mm subbase and 40mm asphalt concrete surfacing. The project components are as follows: (i) civil works (rehabilitation of the MzuzuNkhatabay road); (ii) consultancy services (design review, preparation of bidding documents, and supervision; road safety audit; and financial audits); (iii) capacity building (road sector needs assessment study; skills training and acquirement of management systems in procurement project management and road asset management).

Project Objectives

The overarching project development objective is to support economic growth and poverty reduction. The principal objective of this project is to improve the quality of transport services on the Mzuzu – Nkhata Bay Road as part of the north-south M05 road from Mzuzu to Nkhata Bay and the Central and Southern Regions and improve accessibility by the local communities to markets and social and economic services. The specific objectives of the project are: (i) to reduce vehicle operating costs; (ii) to reduce travel time between the towns of Mzuzu and Nkhatabay; and (iii) to generally boost the social-economic welfare of the communities in the road catchment area by providing them access to social economic centers (markets, schools, and health centers).


The positive impacts on the physical and socio-economic environment would involve: employment benefits for the local communities during construction and maintenance of the road; reduced transport cost for the production of agricultural products; improved mobility to farms, social infrastructure (schools, markets, health centers, water points, etc.); increase in agricultural activities and better market prices for their produce. The women, who constitute a major work force in the agricultural activities, would be the major beneficiaries.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-DB0-012
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Daniel Mukunya ISOOBA

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-11.4656 34.0207 Mzuzu
-11.6066 34.2907 Nkhata Bay