Employment impact assessment of the Malawi M1 road rehabilitation project

For a summary of the report and its main findings, please see the Information Brief on the right side.

The ILO’s STRENGTHEN2 project is conducting employment impact assessments of EU-funded investments in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of promoting the creation of more and better jobs. Through the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+), the European Union (EU) is supporting Malawi’s M1 Road Rehabilitation project, which consists of the rehabilitation, widening and marginal alignment of about 300 kilometres (km) of the M1 road on different sections. The project started in 2022 with a total budget of €191 million and an EU contribution of €134 million through the European Investment Bank (EIB) and aims at improving access to trade and essential services, fostering regional integration, strengthening growth, and reducing the time and cost of transport along the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) North-South Corridor.

An ex-ante employment impact assessment of the M1 road rehabilitation project has been conducted. Given the available information we obtain three kinds of employment impacts: direct, temporary and permanent.