Rwanda - The Butare-Kitabi-Ntendezi Road Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 25 Mar 2009
Signature Date 13 May 2009
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2014
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 16,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Butare-Kitabi-Ntendezi tarred national road project (115 km) falls within the framework of implementation of the priority programme to improve its road network which supports the productive sectors in Rwanda. This classified road, which is part of primary road network, links the capital, Kigali, to the West and South of the country. It is an international highway, which is also the main access road to the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the supply of most food and manufactured products to Bukavu Region. The investment requirements for this project stem from the current situation of difficult movement on the road which serves a large population. The state of the road requires that it be adapted to demand needs in order to ensure quality service. The project covers: (A) periodic maintenance of Butare-Kitabi section (53km) which is currently in an average state, and rehabilitation of Kitabi-Crête Congo Nil- Ntendezi section (62 km) which is currently in very bad state; (B) associated facilities, including the development of 30 km of rural roads, and the protection/rehabilitation of about ten education and health centres; and (C) institutional support and project management. The duration of implementation is 43 months (April 2009 to October 2012). The total cost, exclusive of taxes and duties (ETD), of the entire project is estimated at UA 46.74 million.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to facilitate the movement of goods and people along the Butare-Kitabi-Ntendezi road, and improve the living conditions of the people in the project area (PA). Specifically, the project will help to: (i) reduce overall transport costs; (ii) improve access to basic social services and to production and marketing centres; and (iii) increase opportunities for commercial activities.


The project beneficiaries are estimated at about 1.9 million people, that is 19% of Rwanda’s population. They are made up of inhabitants of the project area (PA) mainly road users, the rural populations (farmers and stockbreeders) and traders. The outcomes expected by the beneficiaries include better movement of goods and people, reduction of overall transport costs, and improved access to basic social services.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Rwanda


IATI identifier 46002-P-RW-DB0-012
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Rwanda
Coordinates Location Name
-2.33333 29.6667 Intara y' Amajyepfo
-2.16667 29.3333 Province de l' Ouest
-2.53223 29.4285 Kitabi
-2.44722 29.0636 Ntendezi
-2.6038 29.7431 Butare