Privatizing road maintenance in developing countries

Paul Larcher (Institute of Development Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 1 April 1998


Over the past decade, there has been growing international interest in utilising private contractors to improve efficiency and reduce costs of road maintenance. In developing countries the existing private contracting sector is often too weak to take on this work. Accordingly projects to foster private sector involvement have been designed and implemented through international technical assistance, with a varying emphasis on financial, training and other support in order to achieve a workable market. This paper discusses case studies from five different countries which vary widely, in terms of social, cultural, contractual and organizational practices. While there are many different aspects to a construction development programme the paper discusses the issues of international assistance, training programmes, equipment provision, contracts and payments, programme objectives, contractor selection. Lessons are drawn from previous project experience in order to propose guidelines for future contractor development projects.



Larcher, P. (1998), "Privatizing road maintenance in developing countries", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 11 No. 2/3, pp. 116-129.

Download as .RIS




Copyright © 1998, MCB UP Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.