In the 1990s, the government of Ethiopia knew that a major expansion of the road network was a sine qua non for its development goals―namely, (a) advance the private sector; (b) upgrade and expand essential infrastructure; and (c) conserve the environment. With this is mind, Ethiopia’s leaders formulated the 10-year Road Sector Development Program (RSDP 1997–2007), a two-phased integrated package of investments, sectoral reforms, and institutional reorganization, which was later extended to a third phase up to the end of June 2010.
IDA, along with other partners, had been supporting the program preparation process, and soon joined in the financing. And, as the first step of a phased participation in a sector investment program, the Bank approved the Road Sector Development Program Support Project (RSDPSP) to help implement the government’s ambitious program.
What was the approach and the IDA contribution? Find out at IDA at Work site.