Zambia - Chinsali – Nakonde – Road Rehabilitation Project (North-South Corridor)

Project Summary

Approval Date 10 Jul 2015
Signature Date 28 Jan 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 145,814,445.45
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Chinsali – Nakonde Road Section forms a part of the Zambian Great North Road (T2) that is a section of international routes: the Trans-Africa Highway and the North-South Corridor (NSC). The NSC is a joint COMESA/EAC/SADC Aid for Trade initiative, the primary aim of which is to reduce the transport costs along this priority Corridor which links the port of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania to the Copper-belt (Southern DRC and Northern Zambia) and connects to the southern ports of South Africa (Durban). The Corridor system, with its spurs, services eight countries in the region- Tanzania, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa. The rehabilitation of the Chinsali – Nakonde road (210 km) civil works encompasses the reconstruction of the road under two Lots; Lot 1: Chinsali – Isoka (100 km) and Lot 2: Isoka – Nakonde (110 km), to be implemented concurrently, over a period of 40 months with due cognisance taken of the rain patterns in the region. The project includes consultancy services for the supervision of the civil works, and technical audits to foster quality and enhance sustainability. Other activities have been integrated as Technical Assistance to the Borrower for: (i) Project Management Advisory services; (ii) Maintenance Management – to assist GRZ roll-out the Road Maintenance Strategy (2015-2024) and (iii) Development of a Road Sector Investment Programme (RoadSIP). Support for the capacity building for women contractors is also included with the objective of empowering women, and contribution to developing road maintenance capacity for the sustainability of the road network. The total project cost is estimated as USD 255.76 million.

Project Objectives

The project’s development objective is to establish transport systems that provide efficient, cost-effective and fully integrated infrastructure and operations that addresses the needs of users and promotes socio-economic development. The specific objective is to improve road transport infrastructure and services in Zambia through development of the priority road corridor and reduction of transport costs between northern Zambia and southern Tanzania. This is to facilitate cross-border and foster economic growth through reduction of the cost of doing business, regional co-operation and integration, and attracting private sector investment. The project shall also improve accessibility for the communities in the zone of influence to markets and social services, contributing to the reduction of poverty.


The road section traverses the three districts of Chinsali, Isoka and Nakonde, all in the Muchinga Province. The combined population of the three districts was established to be 491,842 (based on 2010 census). Important outcomes of the intervention are the reduction in time of travel, vehicle operating costs and benefits to women contractors through capacity building and access to local employment during construction period. The project’s immediate zone of influence is the three districts traversed by the project road, however given the transit and regional context of the road, the beneficiaries span the extents of the corridor.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Zambia
Road Development Agency


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-DB0-003
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name ISOOBA Daniel Mukunya

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-9.34213 32.745 Nakonde District
-10 33 Isoka District
-10.16062 32.63353 Isoka
-10.75 32 Chinsali District
-10.54142 32.08162 Chinsali