Tanzania - Mnivata Newala Masasi (160 Km) Road Upgrading Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Sep 2021
Signature Date 25 Nov 2021
Planned Completion Date 30 Apr 2027
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21012
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 80,530,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Mnivata Newala Masasi (160 Km) Road Upgrading Project was designed to improve the accessibility of the 816 km long Mtwara Development Corridor (MDC) commencing from Mtwara to Mnivata up to Mbamba Bay on Lake Nyasa. The intervention is an investment project aligned to Tanzania’s FYDP III. This is for upgrading the 160 km road to bituminous standard including 84 m Mwiti Bridge and complementary initiatives. The project is expected to improve accessibility of the people and goods in the zone of influence to economic centers and social services, foster trade, integration and economic development and eventually lead to reduction in poverty and enhanced resilience in the subcoastal region of Mtwara and beyond. The expected outcomes include: (a) reduced transport costs and travel times; (b) employment generation during construction and post construction phases; (c) increased agricultural production, increased investment and trading activities that will subsequently contribute to increased incomes and eventually reduction in poverty and enhanced resilience; and (d) improved road safety.

Project Objectives

The overarching development objectives of the project are to contribute to the country’s social and economic development by providing a more efficient and effective transport corridor and to promote trade and regional integration along the Mtwara Development Corridor. The specific project objectives are to improve accessibility and road transport services along the corridor by reducing travel time and vehicle operating costs and improving road traffic safety along the road.


The direct beneficiaries of the intervention will be exporters, importers, small-scale cross-border traders, farmers, revenue authorities, businesses along the corridor, including transporters and the entire population of Mtwara, estimated at about 1.1 million people. About 60 villages (Mtwara, Tandahimba, Newala and Masasi Districts) along the corridor will benefit from enhanced access to social services such as schools, clinics, government administrative services and markets through reduced travel times and reduced transport costs. Other indirect beneficiaries include small scale businesses and, transporters and through passengers traversing the corridor.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
TANROADS -Tanzania National Roads Agancy


IATI identifier 46002-P-TZ-D00-009
Last Update 29 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name MINJA Mariehellen Melchior
Email m.minja@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tanzania, United Republic of
Coordinates Location Name
-11.28333 34.76667 Mbamba Bay
-12 34.5 Lake Nyasa
-10.71667 38.8 Masasi
-10.75 39.63333 Tandahimba
-10.87297 39.26668 Newala
-10.2667 40.1833 Mtwara