Source(s) of financing ADF: 70000000 Government: 12250000
Implementing Agency: UGANDA NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY
Location: Eastern and Western Uganda
The project objective is to improve road access to socio-economic facilities and quality of transport service levels in south-western and eastern parts of Uganda by upgrading the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu and Bumbobi-Lwakhakha roads from gravel to bitumen standard thereby contributing to improved standard of living of the beneficiaries; support the tourism industry; and promote regional integration and cross border trade with DRC and Kenya.
The tentative components of the project are: (a) Civil works for the upgrading of gravel surfaced road to bitumen standard with 7.0-m wide carriageway and 1.5-m shoulders on either side from Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu (79km) and Bumbobi- Lwakhakha (44km) and ; (b) Consultancy services for: (i) supervision of civil works for the above; (ii)feasibility and detailed engineering design studies of two roads; (iii)Road Safety; (iv)Mitigation of HIV/AIDS, STI and TB; (v)Monitoring of ESMP implementation and baseline data collection; (vi)Consulting Services for Technical and Financial Audit (c) Compensation and resettlement
Improvement of the road network reduces transport costs, travel time and provides benefits to communities through affordable transport thereby increasing their mobility and related economic activity. The primary beneficiaries are road users, traders and farmers. Important economic benefits to be derived as a result of road improvement include increase in tourism, agricultural production from the farm holdings within the road's zone of influence; regional integration and cross border trade with DRC and Kenya. The main determinant of rural poverty reduction has been the ability to market high-value cash crops. The households in food crop sector, especially those marketing little amounts of food crops only experience modest rates of poverty reduction. However, the gender division of labor in many Ugandan rural and farming systems is that men concentrate on livestock and high-value crops farming, while women are involved in food crop subsistence farming. When the proposed roads improvement is im plemented, the women and men will equally benefit through improved employment opportunities and better access to markets as well as other social and economic facilities.
The rationale behind Road Sector Support Project V (the upgrading of Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu and Bumbobi-Lwakhakha and roads) is that the improvement of the road will promote the effort of the Government in poverty reduction through improvement of road infrastructure in rural areas of eastern and western Uganda by providing all weather access for the supply of farm inputs and evacuation of produce to major market centers, and tourism promotion, thus improving the level of service and efficiency of the road network. It will also support regional integration and economic co-operation with neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.