Multinational - Nacala Road Corridor Development Project – Phase IV

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Dec 2013
Signature Date 31 Jul 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 42,970,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Phase IV of the Nacala Road Corridor Development Project. The project will involve rehabilitation of a 75 km road between Liwonde and Mangochi in Malawi along the Nacala Road Corridor as well as establishment of One-Stop-Boarder-Posts (OSBPs) between Malawi and Mozambique and between Malawi and Zambia. It was designed because of the long distances to sea ports that contribute to high transport costs in Malawi and Zambia. The port of Durban is currently the preferred port for most shippers from Malawi and Zambia due to the efficiency of its services; while the port of Beira is slightly further away than Nacala and generally serves as a satellite port for Durban. Nacala is therefore the nearest port city. The project will contribute to improved transport and trade facilitation along the Nacala transport corridor. It should also contribute, like other ongoing projects, to making the Nacala corridor competitive in the near future. Directing imports and exports to the port of Nacala, located a short distance from Malawi and Zambia, should benefit both countries. The proposed project will consist of 4 components, namely: road rehabilitation and safety improvements; transport and trade facilitation; social inclusiveness activities; and support to project management.

Project Objectives

The project development objectives are two-fold: (i) at regional level, the objective is to contribute to improving road transportation and trade facilitation along the Nacala Road Corridor. The Nacala Road Corridor stretches from Lusaka in Zambia and through Malawi to the port of Nacala in Mozambique; and (ii) at national level, specifically in Malawi where a 75 km road is planned to be rehabilitated between the towns of Liwonde and Mangochi, the project is expected to contribute to improving transport services in the Balaka-Mangochi districts as a result of reductions in transportation, which in turn is expected to support stimulation of local economic activities in agriculture, agro-forestry, fisheries and tourism.


Approximate population of people living along the corridor in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique is estimated to be over 2 million people. In Malawi in particular, where a 75 km road is planned to be constructed between Liwonde and Mangochi as well as spot-improvement of about 100 km of feeder roads, the target area is Balaka and Mangochi districts which have a combined population of approximately 1,266, 000 comprising 70% youth. The proposed road to be rehabilitated and spot-improvement of feeder roads in this area, is expected to create about 400 temporary direct jobs and 100 permanent jobs during project implementation and after project completion respectively.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-084
Last Update 18 Oct 2020


Contact Details

Name MAKASA Davies Bwalya

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-13.8167 32.7667 Mwami
-13.7984 32.8802 Mchinji
-14.393 35.3466 Mangochi District
-14.4781 35.2645 Mangochi
-15.0666 35.2254 Liwonde
-14.3655 35.5964 Chiponde
-15.0484 35.0591 Balaka District