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The overall purpose and long-term development objective of the RAP is an improved livelihood and reduced isolation for rural populations. To achieve this objective, the Program aims to improve planning and implementation of rural roads, thereby reducing a major obstacle to rural economic growth caused by poor access.

The Program is implemented in three phases:Phase I (2001 – 2006) Involved pilot application of appropriate technical, environmental and social rural roads standards, establishment of appropriate institutional framework and the establishment of a rational methodology for planning, prioritizing and budgeting of rural road investment, formulated as the National Highway and Governorate Rural Accessibility Master Plan.

Phase II (2006 – 2010) Expanding rural access improvement, capacity building, institutional strengthening and pilot application of PMMR contracts.

Phase III (2010 – 2014) will expand rural access coverage and lessons learned under phase I and II.

The RAP is implemented as a nation-wide program, covering 20 Governorates and their rural Districts. The National Highway and Governorate Accessibility Master Plan developed under Phase I provides the foundation for rational planning and prioritization for rural access investments.