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Rural Roads: The Challenge of Decentralized Implementation


  • Simon D. Ellis

    (World Bank)

  • Aurelio Menendez

    (World Bank)


This paper will review the key elements required for effective decentralized implementation of rural roads programs. It will review the range of options available and the evidence for successful implementation where it exists. Section 2 makes the case for the importance of rural roads and sets out the evidence for the socio-economic benefits. Section 3 addresses the responsibilities for implementation and critical importance of having clarity over network ownership. Section 4 highlights the difficulties of finance, particularly for longer term maintenance, and sets out options for improving allocations and the reliability of receipt for those allocations. Section 5 sets out the project cycle from planning, design, implementation, maintenance and subsequent evaluation. Section 6 summarizes the key issues and highlights the main policy considerations.

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  • Simon D. Ellis & Aurelio Menendez, 2014. "Rural Roads: The Challenge of Decentralized Implementation," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1413, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1413

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    1. Javier Escobal & Carmen Ponce, 2008. "Enhancing Income Opportunities for the Rural Poor: The Benefits of Rural Roads," Chapters,in: Economic Reform in Developing Countries, chapter 9 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Bell, Clive & van Dillen, Susanne, 2012. "How does India's rural roads program affect the grassroots ? findings from a survey in Orissa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6167, The World Bank.
    3. Javier Escobal & Máximo Torero, 2005. "Measuring the Impact of Asset Complementarities: The Case of Rural Peru," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 42(125), pages 137-164.
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