Kampala-Juba-Addis Ababa-Djibouti CORRID


  • Reference: P-Z1-DB0-108
  • Approval date: 30/09/2013
  • Start date: 12/01/2015
  • Appraisal Date: 13/02/2013
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: IGAD
  • Location: IGAD Region, East & Horn of Africa


The project components include (1) feasibility study, environment and social impact assessment and detailed engineering design of the missing link, Kapoeta-Raad (270 km) road in South Sudan, (2) Trade and Transport Facilitation Study which involves:

(i) Soft infrastructure issues,

(ii) One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) studies- feasibility study, architectural and detailed engineering designs, and preparation of tender documents; and (3) Project Management which includes

(i) Technical Assistance for Project Coordination to IGAD and

(ii) Transport Engineering to the Ministry of Transport, Roads and Bridges, South Sudan.


The objectives of the project are to (1) open an alternative seaport access for South Sudan and Uganda; (2) improve the condition of the main road to access the Djibouti Port for Ethiopia; (2) develop road transport infrastructure connecting Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, and improve regional connectivity; and (3) provide sustainable road access and quality of transport services for the communities in the zone of influence to markets and social services and contribute to the reduction of poverty and promote good governance, peace and security.


Regional and Country Strategies: The proposed Road Corridor has been identified during the TRIPARTITE and IGAD Infrastructure Investment Conference and it is consistent with the objectives of the Almaty Action Program of the United Nations for landlocked countries, the regional integration initiatives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)/African Union (AU), and the African Development Bank Eastern Africa - Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP, 2011 -2015). The strategies of the concerned countries emphasizes on regional connectivity and integration with trade and transport facilitation measures to ensure competitiveness in the regional and international market to stimulate development for sustainable growth.

Following the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011, the Government of South Sudan is making a good progress to have bilateral agreements with its neighboring countries to develop regional transport corridors and facilitate trade and transportation. The neighboring countries are also aggressively progressing to improve their road network links with South Sudan. Ethiopia is upgrading the road linking to South Sudan, which includes Jimma-Mizan Teferi Road (220 km) and Mizan Teferi-Dima-Boma Road (260 km) with the financial support from the African Development Bank and the World Bank respectively to an asphalt road standard. Further Ethiopia is intending to secure financing from the Bank for the Adama-Awash (125 km) road project. All these roads are along the Kampala-Juba-Addis Ababa-Djibouti Road Corridor. Kenya is designing to upgrade the road from Eldoret to Nadapal and searching for financing, and promoting the development of Lamu Port and Lamu-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET). Uganda, with the support from JICA and the World Bank, is upgrading the road along Kampala-Juba-Addis Ababa-Djibouti corridor to South Sudan. The construction of Juba-Nimule road which connects South Sudan to Uganda along the corridor to bituminous standard is completed in 2012 under USIAD financing.

Bank Strategy and Justification for Intervention: The above regional and country strategies and plans are consistent with the Bank's Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022) and the strategy framework of the Bank Group's Transport Sector Policy (1993) that all identify regional integration infrastructure development as a priority. The project is also consistent with the strategic objective of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA 2011). The importance of the road in enhancing regional connectivity is in line with the development objectives of the countries and the Bank's strategy to support multinational projects with significant impact with focus on regional integration among African countries.


The project opens a new route for South Sudan and Uganda to access another seaport, Djibouti, through Addis Ababa. It enhances regional integration, cross-border and international trade and tourism, provides improved transport services and lower transport cost access between Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The principal beneficiaries are the cross-border traders and communities of the four countries in the zone of influence and the region at large. The Corridor project provides better socio-economic opportunities and thus contributes to the reduction of poverty and promotes good governance, peace and security.. ..

Key contacts

BEZABEH Girma Berhanu - OITC2


Finance source Amount
GovernmentUSD 132,383
Co-financierUSD 2,515,269
DeltaUSD 19
TotalUSD 2,647,671