The Roads for Development program (R4D) has been designed as the main donor-funded program that will support rural roads in Timor-Leste. The project will work directly with the Directorate of Roads, Bridges and Flood Control (DFRBC) in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MoI).
The development objective of R4D is that women and men in rural Timor-Leste are deriving social and economic benefits from improved road access, while its immediate objective is that Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) is more effectively planning, budgeting and managing rural road works using labour based methods, as appropriate. These objectives will be pursued by a combined strategy of direct investments in road works and Supporting GoTL to plan, budget and manage rural road works. Support to GoTL will consist of policy dialogue, technical advice and capacity development.
The expected physical outputs from the envisaged combined funding by GoTL and AusAID are the rehabilitation of 450 km of rural roads, the construction of 40 km or new rural roads and periodic and routine maintenance of respectively 700 km and 1,150 km of rural roads. In addition, approximately 4.7 million labour-days of short term job opportunities for the rural people are expected to materialize through the capital investments by AusAID and the GoTL in rural road works during the implementation of R4D. This will be a significant contribution to the target set under the GoTL Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 of rehabilitating all rural roads by 2015