Multinational - Nacala Road Corridor Development Project – Phase IV

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Dec 2013
Signature Date 02 Jun 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 5,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed 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. The project will contribute to improving transport and trade facilitation along the Nacala Transport Corridor and reducing long distance to the sea-ports grossly contributes to high transportation costs in Malawi and Zambia and is a major impedance to regional and international trade. Malawi and Zambia are expected to benefit from the short distance in comparison to using the Port of Durban, which is currently the preferred port. The total project cost estimate for Malawi is UA45.390 million net of taxes. The total project cost estimate for Zambia side is UA5.500 million net of taxes. The project duration is expected to be 5 years as follows: design review, preparation of bidding documents and tendering (12 months), construction period (36 months), and defects liability period (12 months).

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.


The project target area covers the entire Nacala Road Corridor, which extends from Lusaka, Zambia, to the port of Nacala, Mozambique, through Malawi. In this area, the beneficiary population is estimated at more than two million people. In Malawi in particular, where it is planned to construct the 75 km road section between Liwonde and Mangochi, the project area covers the districts of Balaka and Mangochi, with a total population of about 1,266,000, of which 70 % of young people.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Road Development Agency


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-137
Last Update 18 Oct 2020


Contact Details

Name ISOOBA Daniel Mukunya

Geographic Location

Country Multinational