by: Gael Raballand, Patricia Macchi, Carly Petracco
The development aid community has placed a great deal of emphasis on
the need for rural mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Thus far, most
development partners and governments in SSA have relied on two
overarching assumptions when dispensing transport aid—that most
households in rural areas in Africa are not connected to markets and
therefore need a road passable for a truck, and that roads with high
levels of service are crucial in order to achieve high economic impact.
Based on data collection from various sources in three SSA countries,
Rural Road Investment Efficiency demonstrates that from a
cost-benefit perspective, the additional cost of extending an
all-weather road two more kilometers to the farmer’s door
outweigh the benefits in most cases.
Rural Road Investment Efficiency seeks to enhance the
effectiveness of aid allocated for rural transport in SSA and calls
into question the need for full implementation of all benchmarks set
forth in the Rural Access Index (RAI) in SSA. This book will be an
essential reference for government supervisory authorities and
infrastructure experts throughout the region.
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