IDB Action in Highway Development

May 2010
This study (RE-368) assesses the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank in road infrastructure development in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1990 to 2009. It looks only at Bank support delivered for the development of intercity roads and highways, including national and departmental highways, which accounted, on average, for 79% of the Bank's transportation lending and 69% of its loan approvals over that span. The report is organized into three sections: 1) The evaluation frame of reference; 2) An examination of the main strategies and tools used to address road sector challenges; 3) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Bank's engagement in achieving the sector objectives pursued, including case studies from 7 countries that received the majority of the IDB support: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.