Sierra Leone - Mano River union rehabilitation of Bo-Bandajuma road project

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Dec 2015
Signature Date 11 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 6,940,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project involves rehabilitation of the Bo-Bandajuma road at an estimated total cost of UA23.84 million. This is a critical link of national and regional importance linking the south eastern parts of Sierra Leone and regionally to neighboring Mano River Union (MRU) member states and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Nation-wide, the Bo-Bandajuma road provides access to the southern region district towns of Bo (second largest City after Freetown) and Pujehun. The road passes through one of the areas that was severely affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Crisis and will aide in the post recovery period in delivery and provision of access to social-economic services. Given its advanced state of deterioration, its rehabilitation is necessary to maintain its status as a route of choice providing safe and efficient movement of freight and services. The project addresses key development objectives outlined in the country development agenda, the Agenda for Prosperity (A4P). The Bank’s intervention complements the planned upgrading of the Trans-African Highway (TAH) missing link between Bandajuma-Zimmi-MRU Bridge that is to be financed by the Commission of European Union (EU). The project involves the rehabilitation of 46km section of road between Bo (the country’s second largest town) to Bandajuma. It will also support the completion of three studies: pre-feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Mano River Bridge, update of studies for the Kailahun Koindu Guinea Border road, study to identify trade and transport facilitation needs and assessment of joint Border operations within the MRU transport corridors. It will cover awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, gender and road safety.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to support Sierra Leone’s economic growth agenda through development of strategic transport infrastructure that significantly contribute to its poverty reduction strategy. The objectives are to provide efficient nation-wide road transport access to the southern districts of Bo and Pujehun and regionally to the Mano River Union Member States and ECOWAS as a whole. The Project is expected to improve the living conditions of the communities in the project’s zone of influence. The expected outcomes include: (a) reduced transport costs and travel time; (b) enhanced potential for agriculture development thereby contributing to poverty reduction among communities along the corridor; and (c) improved access to social –economic services including, local markets, schools and health facilities; and (d) improved road safety.


The beneficiaries include the local communities within the road zone of influence, which is expected to benefit from the project through provision of reliable access to socio-economic facilities including schools, markets and health centers which in turn should boost the local economy and contribute to poverty alleviation. The road will also serve international traffic within Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/Mano River Union Region (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone), and will thus contribute to regional integration.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Roads Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-DB0-010
Last Update 31 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name BOCKARIE Abu Sandy

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone
Coordinates Location Name
7.57232 -11.65356 Bandajuma
7.96472 -11.73833 Bo
7.98877 -11.6734 Bo District