African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved $109 million road project loan to the Government of Uganda with strong focus on women.
The loan is to finance the Road Sector Support Project V to help realize the National Development Plan (NDP) and vision 2040 of Uganda.
The project objective is to improve road access to socio-economic facilities and quality of transport service level in South-Western parts of Uganda by upgrading the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu and Bumbobi-Lwakhakha roads from gravel to bitmen standard.
With special on female population, AfDB said in a statement that the project would help to improve standards of living of te beneficiaries, support the tourism industry and promote regional integration and cross border trade with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya.
According to AfDB, the expected project outcomes are reduction in transport costs; increased mobility; improved access to economic and social facilities; provision of clean water households; and increase in income of women vendor in the roadside markets.
The project areas have, on average, a female population of 51.5 percent, AfDB disclosed
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; reach health facilities in a timely manner, with the expected 20 percent reduction in number of maternity emergencies.
Presenting the project to the Board, the director of the Department for Transport and Information and Communication Technologies at the AfDB , Amadou Oumaron said: “With this project, the African Development Bank is addressing a pressing demand for provision of good quality and reliable transport infrastructure needed by Uganda for its socio-economic development and poverty reduction agenda.”