Publication: Best Practice in Labor-Based Contracting in the Road Sector
This program trained contractors in labor-based methods in the local road contracting industry in Ghana in order to produce gravel roads of equal quality to equipment-based methods, and generate rural employment in a cost-effective manner. The program was initiated as a component of the World Bank's Fourth Highway Project and funded by International Development Association (IDA). Lessons learned: although labor-based methods offer the benefits of employment generation without sacrificing on cost and quality, programs must be designed carefully so that contractors find these methods attractive to use. When appraising a program, program designers should: assess the second-hand equipment stock and the competitiveness of sector; target small-scale contractors; ensure timely payments to contractors; and equip contractors with care.
“World Bank. 1996. Best Practice in Labor-Based Contracting in the Road Sector. Africa Region Findings & Good Practice Infobriefs; No. 10. © Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/7dddafe6-5723-5f17-9e8a-05d3af731ce4 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”