Sub-Saharan African countries expanded their road networks considerably during the 1960s and 1970s. These roads carry 80% to 90% of the region's passenger and freight transport and provide the only form of access to most rural communities. In spite of their importance, most roads in Africa are poorly managed and badly maintained. The poor state of the road network is reflected in the large backlog of deferred maintenance. During the past twenty years, African countries have spent far too little on routine and periodic maintenance. To restore only those roads which are "economically justified" will now require annual expenditures over the next ten years of at least $1.5 billion. The Road Maintenance Initiative (RMI), a component of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), suggests that the key concept required to overcome these problems is "commercialization": bring roads into the market place, put them on a "fee-for-service" basis and manage them like any other business enterprise. The four basic building blocks to reform are: 1. create ownership by involving road users in the management of roads; 2. stabilize road financing by securing an adequate and stable flow of funds; 3. clarify responsibility by clearly establishing who is responsible for what, and 4. strengthen management of roads by providing effective systems, procedures and managerial accountability.

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    World Bank

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  • Authors:
    • Heggie, I G
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 154 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00712471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0821331434
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper 275
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1995 12:00AM