Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project, Phase 3
The overall objective of LSFRP 3 is to improve opportunities for poor people to enhance their living conditions and livelihoods by the provision of sustainable road access. The project purpose is to improve road access which will (a) enable small-scale farmers’ access to market more agricultural produce; (b) facilitate all year-round social service delivery particularly in the health and education sectors and (c) create income earning opportunities for young men and women in the rural areas.
LSRFP 3 will be supporting Liberia's transition from post conflict reconstruction to inclusive growth and wealth creation in line with the Government’s Agenda for Transformation and for this third phase shift the focus to the southeast where some of the most poorly connected and poorest counties of Liberia are situated. Here, feeder roads will connect communities of small-scale farmers to the functioning road network and help meet the service delivery, agricultural diversification and inclusive growth objectives set out in the current Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP).
This will be done through:
- Rehabilitation of 370 kilometres of feeder roads in the counties of Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland, Nimba and River Gee
- Routine and periodic maintenance of LSFRP 1, 2 and 3 improved roads. An estimate of 111 km roads are expected for periodic maintenance and will be funded 50 % by Sida and 50% by the coming Road Fund. 3000 km roads are estimated for routine maintenance to be funded 100% by the Road Fund.
- Improve the capacity in the public and private sectors to rehabilitate and maintain rural roads;
- Support the government strategy and donor coordination for a nationwide rural roads programme;
- Potential adverse project impacts from land take, environmental damage and spread of Gender and HIV/AIDS awareness
- Developing a robust M&E system
The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is the implementing Ministry responsible for the planning and design, construction, supervision and maintenance of the road network as well as other public-sector buildings, structures and infrastructure. One of the cornerstones of the LSRFP 3 project is to build the administrative, managerial, and technical capacity of the Feeder Roads Unit staff members and other MPW staffs that will directly or indirectly be associated with the project. The Project Finance Management Unit (PFMU) located at the Ministry of Finance, is responsible for financial administration and internal control of the project resources. The project shall follow the Financial Management System in accordance with National Legislation.
The LSFRP 3 will assist MPW in procuring local services and technical assistance to ensure maximum use of national resources including: Supervising and then monitoring the execution of all physical works; Supporting and extending the coverage of MPW’s ROMAPS; Provision of technical and managerial training; and Coordinating responses to technical and financial audit queries and follow up the implementation of audit findings.
This will require LSFRP 3 to deliver services and training to:
- Strengthen the functional and operational capacity of the MPW Head, Maintenance Hub and County offices;
- Help establish and promote MPW's policies and programmes in Quality Assurance Standards and Norms;
- Improve feeder rural road planning and management functions by including social and environmental assessments along with appropriate follow-up activities;
- Further develop feeder road standards in the light of project experience;
- Help implement contract management systems and improve contract supervision, monitoring and management by county and head office staff;
- Plan and manage rural road maintenance;
- Assist community based organisations (CBOs) to become Procurement Entities and manage tender preparation and bidding procedures;
- Evaluate and award maintenance contracts;
- Carry out maintenance contract management and supervision/monitoring tasks;
- Develop and consolidate consultative processes and dialogue with community and interest group primary stakeholders.