Roads agencies in Tanzania face a major challenge with the management of
their rural road network of just over 50,000 km. This network is
relatively lightly trafficked, almost completely unpaved, in mostly poor
condition, and generally impassable during the rainy season. The
agencies are now striving to find more appropriate, cost-effective
solutions for maintaining their unpaved roads or upgrading them to a
There is a concern that the current design manuals do not cater
adequately for low volume roads. This has led to a need to develop a new
design manual specifically for low volume roads: an initiative that is
being supported by the UK Department for International Development
(DFID) through its Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP).
The purpose of the project is to prepare a design manual for low volume
roads in Tanzania as a basis for promoting rational, appropriate and
affordable implementation of projects providing such roads in a manner
that makes appropriate use of local resources in a cost-effective and
sustainable manner. It is expected that the new manual will be based on
similar documents prepared previously under AFCAP in other countries
such as South Sudan, though other relevant local and regional experience
will also be incorporated.
One of the first activities to be undertaken on the project is the
holding of an Inception Workshop and the production of a report on the
event. To this end, this Inception Workshop Report:
- Presents the details of the workshop in terms of its objectives,
venue, programme and attendance.
- Summarizes the opening remarks made by representatives of AFCAP,
PMO-RALG and the Ministry of Works.
- Provides an overview of the workshop presentations and ensuing
- Summarizes the main outcomes of the workshop and the agreements
reached in terms of the immediate way forward.
I T Transport Ltd. Consultancy Services for Preparation of Design Manuals for Low Volume Roads in Tanzania.Inception Workshop Report - Final. (2014) 22 pp.