The Roads for Development program is part of the Government of Australia’s commitment to assist the rural communities of Vanuatu gain increased access to a sustainable rural road network. During the five-year program, SMEC managed the rehabilitation and construction of 350 km of roads and supported the PWD will significant capacity development.

SMEC was appointed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (Australian Aid) to manage the five-year Roads for Development (R4D) program, which supported Vanuatu’s Public Works Department (PWD) to plan, build, maintain and operate its rural road infrastructure.


Over the five-year program, the program achieved significant outcomes in terms of improvements to road access and maintenance as well as institutional development.


SMEC managed the rehabilitation and construction of 350 km of roads. SMEC also supported PWD with significant capacity development and streamlining of processes, systems, skills and resources to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its core activities.


Objectives of the project are to:

  • Rural road construction and maintenance – The all-weather passable rural road network increased by 30% and the proportion of Vanuatu’s rural population with access to an all-year passable road rose by around 13%.
  • Institutional transformation – The program assisted the Government of Vanuatu streamline its public works management and administration.
  • Investing in local economies and encouraging gender equality and social inclusion in the road sector.


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