slider 1 road side storage dry

slider 2 road side harvestingg pond
slider 3 Dust from feeder roads – kopie
slider 4 percolation pits along the road
slider 5 Ponding at culvert in road DSC08234
slider 6 road side waterlogging
Slider 7 road side water harvesting storage pond


This category includes documents that have a wide scope and touch upon multiple themes. Feel free to have a look and engage with the material. Let us know if you have experiences and material to share, we are very keen to hear from you!

Road Water Management Guideline development in Ethiopia

In this presentation, the Roads for Water Team explains the process of the guideline development on Road Water Management. You can access the prsentation here

Why Invest In Roads for Water To Achieve Climate Resilience?

There is an estimated annual investment of 1-2 Trillion USD in roads – with the bulk of this amount in low and middle income countries. With the rapid expansion
of feeder roads these investments are moreover present everywhere. We argue that climate funds should be used to retool roads to promote climate resilience. You can read more  here

Road Development and Sand Mining


New employment opportunities in Tigray, Ethiopia.

By: Kifle Woldearagay (PhD), September 22, 2016.

Roadside planting in Ethiopia: Turning a Problem into an Opportunity

Article: Roadside planting in Ethiopia: Turning a problem into an opportunity

Roads have both positive and negative impacts in the areas surrounding them. With the expansion of roads growing at an inexorable speed in Ethiopia and all Sub-Saharan Africa, these impacts need to be well understood. A questionnaire was used to gather information on road-related impacts on the rural population. A total of 529 sample households were selected in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. The three most common consequences cited by respondents in order of importance were dust, flooding and erosion. Close to 44% of the respondents said that the occurrence of dust has increased after construction of the road. The reduction of yield estimated by farmers ranges from 10% to 50%. Close to 11% of the sample households faced decline in crop production and income due to dust lifted up from roads. The breakpoint for road dust occurred approximately at 200 to 280 meters from the road. Roadside plantations along rural roads have proven to mitigate road-related impacts and restore the ecological balance. When linked to rural development programs, roadside planting can create employment while generating a
reliable source of income for rural communities.

Pistes rurales et mesures antiérosives

Pistes rurales et mesures antiérosives

Improving rural road design in drylands, a modelling case study for a catchment in the Tigray region, Ethiopia

MSc_TiesTemmink_2015 FROM A PROBLEM TOWARDS POTENTIAL: Improving  rural road design in drylands, a modelling case study for a catchment in the Tigray region, Ethiopia.

This research was of an explorative character and aimed at an improved understanding of the combined effect of road alignment and culvert design on local hydrology and erosion patterns at a catchment scale. A model was developed in the PCRaster environment to facilitate the execution of a scenario study focussing on a road system in the Tigray region, taking into account the low data availability and quality. A set of 28 road system scenarios was formulated, based on three different road alignments and different techniques for culvert positioning. The study aimed at a further development of concepts on improved road alignment and culvert allocation. The formulated scenarios were evaluated through the application of a Multi Criteria Analysis which was developed to address three objectives of rural road performance: Erosion, costs and the potential of water harvesting practises.

Roads and Water – URRAP perspective (discussion in Amhara region)

Roads and Water – URRAP perspective

Roads for Water Flyer

Roads for Water Flyer

MSc Thesis – Paula Beemans – Impact of feeder road development on creating new employment opportunities

MSc IDS – Paula Beens – Feeder road development

MSc Thesis – Pieter Rosman – Social Networks and Rural Feeder Roads

MSc IDS – Pieter Rosman – Feeder road development

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