Mozambique - Montepuez-Lichinga Road Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Oct 2006
Signature Date 04 Dec 2006
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 May 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 51,975,379.27
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Montepuez-Lichinga Road Project which shall be co-financed jointly with JBIC and on parallel basis with financing from SIDA is consistent with the Mozambican government’s poverty reduction action plan and the Bank’s country assistance strategy of intervening in the infrastructure sector. The project will be instrumental to the development of Pemba port in the transport chain particularly for coastal shipping with the development of the hinterland. It will contribute to PARPA II objective of poverty reduction not only through increased income of the rural population but also by providing improved access by teachers, health workers and an enabling environment for improved social infrastructure such as schools and health facilities by the GOM. The construction of the road will give rise to other social benefits, which will have significant impact on poverty reduction in the project area. It will stimulate production through reduction of cost of inputs and increase farm gate prices of outputs that can now reach urban centers. The project comprises civil works for: (i) the upgrading of Montepuez-Ruaca (135 km) and Marrupa-Ruaca (68 km) road sections from gravel to bitumen surfaced standard as Lot A and Lot B respectively; (ii) the rehabilitation of the Litunde-Lichinga road (66 km) as 19 Part I of Lot C; (iii) the construction of seven bridges between Marrupa and Litunde as Part II of Lot C; (iv) consulting services for design review, pre-contract services and supervision of the civil works; (v) road safety; (vi) project audit services and (vii) payment of compensation and resettlement.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to stimulate the productive and social sectors of the economy through reduced transport costs and travel times, improve access to resources and economic activities and contribute to the reduction of poverty. The objective of the project is to provide accessibility and improve road transport services for the population in the zone of influence of the Montepuez-Lichinga Corridor and to improve connectivity of Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces to the rest of the country.


The main beneficiaries of the project are 478,367 people within the zone of influence whose main source of livelihood is subsistence agriculture--85% of the population dependent on it, and occupies 94% to 98% of the economically active population.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Accelerated Cofinancing Facility for Africa
Government Of Mozambique
Administration nationale des routes (ANE)
National Roads Administration (ANE)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MZ-DB0-007
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Joao David MABOMBO

Geographic Location

Country Mozambique
Coordinates Location Name
-13.469 38.407 Balama District
-13.464 35.249 Lichinga District
-13.316 36.472 Majune District
-13.016 37.543 Marrupa District
-12.537 38.766 Montepuez District
-13.3448 38.5694 Balama
-13.3217 35.7678 Litunde
-13.1989 37.4994 Marrupa
-13.1256 38.9997 Montepuez
-13.3128 35.2406 Lichinga