AMERICAN AID TO ROAD DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Since the 1950's the United States Agency for International Development (A.I.D.) has been actively engaged in helping various African countries to develop their highway and rural road infrastructures. Beginning in the early 1970's, when A.I.D's development assistance became more specifically oriented towards basic human needs, emphasis shifted to multilateral participation on selected large regional road projects, and local road improvements in connection with agricultural and integrated rural development schemes on a bilateral basis. Among the criteria that are important in identifying projects for A.I.D. financing are: a rough estimate of the benefits resulting from the proposed transport improvement; the relationship between the proposed project and other development activities; the project's relationship to the country's overall transport network; the general design standards and method of construction; and the proposed program for follow-on maintenance. The author explains A.I.D.'s financing arrangements and gives examples of future highway projects in Africa.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Fourth IRF African Highway Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, January 20-25, 1980. For individual papers see TRIS Accession Numbers 311921 through 311971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Road Federation

    525 School Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20024
  • Authors:
    • Zedalis, J P
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311971
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM