CDS is currently engaged on several research projects for rural transport under the UK-funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP). The projects include:
- Economic Growth through Effective Road Asset Management, which is working with rural roads agencies in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Zambia to develop their capacity to more effectively manage the rural roads network. The project has developed an innovative method of measuring performance in road asset management in the participating countries, which is expected to have wider application in Africa and Asia under ReCAP.
- Development of capacity in the Mozambique roads sector to conduct routine monitoring of experimental sections of low volume rural roads. These road sections were built under previous phases of ReCAP.
- Introduction of a Proficiency Testing Scheme (PTS) for materials testing laboratories in Mozambique. this is a pilot project for possible future expansion in the southern Africa region.
- Development of new manuals for low volume roads in three countries in West Africa- Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia. The new manuals will be based on documents previously developed under ReCAP in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
We are continuing to provide inputs to the EU in Mozambique for the technical audit of the construction of the Mocuba – Milange Road and are now providing legal and technical advisory serivces to the National Road Administration (ANE) for the management of EU-funded road rehabilitation project in Mozambique.