Project Budget: USD 49,985
Dates: October 2020 to March 2021
Funding Partner: World Bank
The Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (DMDP) is a multi-year project between the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank that addresses mobility challenges in Dar es Salaam through road construction and other measures.
Amend was contracted by the World Bank to conduct community consultation and technical audits to strengthen safety measures for the road corridors being improved under the DMDP. The aim of this assignment was to identify public safety risks in the detailed road designs so that, where possible, the designs can be altered to mitigate or reduce the risks, ideally, before the infrastructure is built and becomes operational.An interactive map of the project roads was developed that incorporates videos captured of the roads as well as key features identified and comments from members of the communities along the corridor which were used in the audit.
The detailed recommendations Amend made were also intended to guide how future road improvements could meet the needs of non-motorised road users, specifically beneficiary communities along the project roads, as well as vulnerable road users, such as school children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
This project is an example of how Amend’s technical assistance on the “last mile” of roads projects can save lives by giving the World Bank and governments the specialized community-focused design capacity they need. One government engineer we worked with on this project indicated how our recommendations are realistic and have opened their eyes to things they often fail to capture in road improvement projects. Another suggested that, in a perfect world, the government could have permanent access to specialized road safety consulting like ours on all roads projects.
Amend will, through separate funding, continue offering technical assistance on the DMDP project for the duration of 2021 to help ensure that appropriate safety measures are included in the detailed design drawings and subsequently constructed.