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Roads in Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted: 3 Aug 2011  

Kidaya didier Ntoko

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 13, 2008


The primary purpose of this article is to assess the transportation system in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by seeking out links between road quality and the behavior of Zairian authorities between 1966 to 1990. The quality of roads in the DRC is directly related to the poor governance of the Mobutu regime, which had a generally harmful effect on the country's population and development. My hypothesis is backed by various documents and testimonials, which are provided in the review section or in the lines covering in this section. This problem is endemic to all similar governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the globe. In this section I also examine how the roads of the DRC have deteriorated since the time they were built by Belgium, the colonizing nation, and how nothing has been done to improve them. Indeed now forty years later, no paved roads have been extended; at best they have remained the same length, at worst, they have been shortened. This applies to the entire network.

Keywords: Corruption, Development, Road Quality, Sub-Sahara, Economic Growth, Public Investment, Rural Development, Food Prices, Road Network, Loans

JEL Classification: R49

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Ntoko, Kidaya didier, Roads in Democratic Republic of Congo (December 13, 2008). Available at SSRN:

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