Research and analysis

DFID Research: Building roads with research

The Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP) conducts research on road design standards and maintenance, to produce technical advice documents.


Building roads with research

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DFID funded the Africa Community Access Programme to roll out research programmes in 7 core countries. The aim was to understand the complex needs of rural populations and show how their road networks could be more effectively expanded, managed and maintained. As well as providing better access to social services and employment opportunities, the research also seeks to reduce accident rates. The programme has found ways to work with governments and other partners so that findings are adopted, unlocking potential for improvements and savings.

Published 10 February 2014