Paving, a motor for urban development. Employment-intensive: local added-value workforce

This issue draws lessons from the employment-intensive method used by the Paving Project in Burundi. The Paving Project built some 30 kilometres of paved roads through on-site training programmes in the municipalities of Kinama, Kamenge and Cibitoke, north of the capital Bujumbura. In addition to renewing the infrastructure, the project has contributed to boosting the economic and social development of these municipalities with a new method.

This first issue of Reflection Papers explains the advantages of paving roads (against asphalting roads) and deals with the social Employment-Intensive method, which provides social benefits to workers throughout (and even after) construction through professional and social skills training. The social Employment-Intensive method may be applied to other sectors such as agriculture, the supply of drinking water and sanitation, the construction of rural dirt roads...

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