Work Begins On Madagascar Prison Expansion

The AFD is supporting the project with €5 million in funding.

By Liz Bains on
22nd June 2023

Construction has got underway on a project to rehabilitate and extend the Manjakandriana central prison in Madagascar.

A foundation stone laying ceremony was held on 15 June.

The project, which is being supported with €5 million (US$5.5 million) in funding from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), is intended to improve the living conditions of detainees and the working conditions of the prison staff.

Most of the country’s prisons are dilapidated and severely overcrowded.

The capacity of the Manjakandriana prison, originally built in 2007, will be doubled to 120 people.

The expansion project entails:
•    construction of three new dormitories equipped with sanitary facilities and showers
•    modernisation of existing dormitories
•    construction and equipment of a new workshop 
•    extension of the washhouse and the kitchen
•    construction of additional toilets for staff and visitors 
•    construction of an additional courtyard.

The expected completion time is six months.

Top photo: Foundation stone laying ceremony (Source: AFD Twitter @AFD_France)

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