The provision of infrastructure often involves massive resources, complex logistical arrangements and tight timeframes. This makes investments in infrastructure particularly vulnerable to mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption. We will work to improve transparency at each stage of the project cycle, so that ordinary citizens have the information they need to hold decision makers to account.

  •  Influencing policies
  •  Fighting corruption
  •  Improving transparency and accountability

Major initiatives: CoST, Procurement research

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Labour standards

The construction industry is one of the main employers in most low and middle income countries, but workers are often employed on a casual basis and are routinely exposed to the risks of injury, ill health and death. We will work to improve conditions of employment through improving regulatory environments and building the capacity of governments, employers and trade unions to improve standards. 

  • Strengthening workers’ rights

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Local content

Local content refers to the portion of goods and services sourced from domestic suppliers. Increasing local content helps to create jobs, promote enterprise development and improve education and training. We will build on our expertise in this area and continue to develop high quality guidance for policy-makers and practitioners.

  • Job creation and enterprise development

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Engineering capacity & education

Engineering education must develop to keep pace with challenging global issues such as poverty, climate change and sustainability. Forward-thinking higher education institutions (HEIs) are already adapting courses to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are necessary to maximise the positive and far-reaching impact of engineering on society.

But constraints exist that must be overcome if these improvements are to be scaled-up and maintained over time. Importantly, there is often a lack of knowledge of global issues amongst teaching staff and resistance to what is seen by some as a ‘dilution’ of core engineering content. Building engineering capacity

Major initiatives: A-UK Partnership

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Sustainability & climate change

Climate change is one of the most significant threats to development and to the most vulnerable members of society. Infrastructure and the engineering profession have a critical role to play in reducing carbon emissions and managing efforts to adapt to the changes that are inevitable. We will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that facilitate growth and poverty reduction. We will also seek to mobilise funding for adaptation and increase the pro-poor outcomes from this investment.

Major initiatives: ASPIRE

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Date Published: 9 December 2013
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