Baseline Roads Evaluations and Economic Analysis: Liberia

Status: Ongoing

The evaluation is designed to understand the impact of MCC’s first maintenance-only investment (the Roads Project) on Liberia’s economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Roads Project aims to build institutional systems and capacity that supports sustainable road maintenance practices. The project is comprised of two activities: 1) the National Road Maintenance Activity, aimed at matching the Government of Liberia’s contributions to periodic maintenance up to $15 million dollars through a Matching Road Maintenance Fund, and 2) the Road Sector Reform Activity focused on building capacity of the existing and newly created institutional systems focused on road maintenance. The evaluation is mainly three-fold and interwoven of an economic analysis and performance evaluations of road maintenance, road usage pattern, and transport market structure.


  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Country / Countries

  • Liberia

Similar to some of the other road evaluations, the evaluation methods for the project are:

  • Project design and implementation: Review the initial design and the implementation process to inform the evaluation regarding how the activity was implemented.
  • Engineering analysis and economic model: Conduct a cost-benefit analysis and estimate the economic rate of return (ERR) and net present value (NPV) using Highway Development and Management (HDM-4).
  • Maintenance: Update the road maintenance assumptions and understand the organizational and political economy factors of road maintenance practices.
  • Road usage patterns: Identify change in road usage patterns by analyzing expanded origin-destination (O-D) survey data before and after MCC investment.
  • Transportation market structure: Analyze the market structure to understand how road improvements cost savings are passed onto transport consumers.