The “Rural Development Programme” (RDP) is a German grant-funded development programme which aims at improving the condition and effectiveness of rural infrastructure in the Southern Shan State of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Funds have been earmarked for this project by the German bilateral Financial Cooperation, provided through KfW Development Bank. During project implementation also an additional component for Improvement of Agricultural Transport Infrastructure (IATI) was added to the programme.
The implementation measure consists of improvements to rural road network, including associated bridges, drainage structures, culverts and, to a lesser extent and only where feasible other infrastructure closely related to the rural roads. For the implementation measure (road rehabilitation measures, procurements and contingencies) the budget is EUR 25.1 million for the combined phases IV, V and IATI, from which EUR 10.1 million have been confirmed for Phase IV, EUR 10 million are allocated for Phase V and Euro 5 million are invested under IATI.