The Board of Directors of the
The project's objective is to improve road access to socio-economic facilities and quality of transport service levels in south-western and eastern parts of
The expected project outcomes are reduction in transport costs; increased mobility; improved access to economic and social facilities; provision of clean water to households; and increase in income of women vendors in the roadside markets.
Presenting the project to the Board, the director of the
The upgraded roads will also support cross border trade and regional integration by linking western
The project conforms to the key development policies of the AfDB and its assistance strategy to
The project areas have, on average, a female population of 51.5 per cent. During operation, the project results are expected to deal with some of the challenges faced mostly by women. Most importantly, the reduction in travel time will enable emergency cases, including those related to maternity cases, reach health facilities in a timely manner, with the expected 20 per cent reduction in number of maternity emergencies.
Available transport such as mini-buses as opposed to motorcycles will enable girls access secondary schools with a potential for achieving 95 per cent secondary school enrolment ratio female to male. The improvement of the roadside markets, which are mostly patronized by women (60 per cent), will result in increased income opportunities for women, and contribute to a 30 per cent reduction in transport costs.
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