Multinational - (Burundi-Rwanda) - Project to Develop Roads (Mugina-Mabanda-Lake Nyanza and Rubavu-Gisiza) and facilitate transport on the North-South Corridor - Phase III

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Jun 2012
Signature Date 23 Jul 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 27,500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project that is the subject of this support is the third phase of the North-South Corridor (Mugina-Bujumbura-Ruhwa-Rusizi-Ntendezi-Rubavu/Goma) development works covering 458 km (244 km in Burundi and 214 km in Rwanda) and linking Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The total project cost, net of taxes and duties and including physical contingencies and price escalation, stands at UA 81.79 million. The Bank's contribution is estimated at UA 72.55 million. Specifically, the project works planned include the construction and asphalting of 45 km of roads in Burundi (Lake Nyanza-Mabanda Mugina) and a 47.9 km road in Rwanda (Rubavu-Gisiza). The project also includes ancillary works for: (i) the construction of feeder roads, river quays and school fences; and (ii) the rehabilitation of markets and health centres, and the installation of traffic lights on the road section crossing Bujumbura City. It also comprises measures to facilitate transport, road safety, studies as well as a management support component.

Project Objectives

The project’s sector goal is to contribute to economic growth in Burundi and Rwanda by developing transport infrastructure to enhance the competitiveness of their economies. The specific objectives are: (i) reduce the general cost of transport on the North-South corridor; (ii) reduce the border crossing time; and (iii) improve the living conditions of the population within the Project Impact Area (PIA) by facilitating access to basic services and socio-economic infrastructure.


The mains beneficiaries are the populations of the Project Impact Area (PIA). In Burundi, the PIA covers the communes of Mabanda and Lake Nyanza within Makamba Province. In 2011, this Province had an estimated population of 483,100, which represents almost 5.3% of Burundi's total population. Mabanda's population is estimated at 64,247, of whom 33,017 or 51.4% are women, while Lake Nyanza commune's population is estimated at 112,752, of whom 56,638 or 50.23% are women. In Rwanda, the PIA consists of two districts (Rubavu and Rutsiro) in Western Province. This Province has a population of two million, or 24% of the total population. The population of the Project Impact Area was estimated in 2010 at 706,000.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-073
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


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Country Multinational