Road Management in Africa

In 10 of the 12 countries in the area, government departments as road agencies manage the main roads. And because they belong to the civil service, they face the same constraints as other government agencies- poor salaries and impaired working conditions. Only Sudan and Ethiopia have main road agencies separated from the parent ministry- but even here, the agencies operate in similar ways to government agencies. Rural roads are managed by district administrations, but a lack of resources prevents them from maintaining or working on roads.

In most countries, a section of the ministry of local government or a main road agency coordinates rural road development and maintenance.
In all 12 countries, salaries for road agency staff fall well below the private sector.

It's no surprise then that road agency managers would welcome the idea of a road authority that operates with salaries more in line with the private sector. In Sudan, the salary of a civil service engineer is only about one-tenth of an engineer in the private sector. Unskilled and demoralized staff, as well as high turnover rates, have hindered any lasting improvement in public road organizations.

Last Updated on Thursday 10th December 2009