SPREADING BEST practice through the third world is the ambition of one of the ICE's bestkept secrets - the Appropriate Development Panel - NCE discovered this week.
The work of the ADP probably doesn't mean much to you. But don't worry, it didn't mean much to ICE Council member Peter Cameron until he took the job of chairman recently.
'Part of the attraction was that I don't know anything about it, ' said Cameron. 'So if I don't know what it does, then why should the membership? If it is to mean anything then that has to change.'
The ADP was formed by the ICE in 1983 with the intention of making high level connections - and encouraging best practice - in the world of international water supply and development.
Since then its membership has evolved into a cross-party committee made up of representatives from the Department for International Development, the British Council, the UK Water industry and others.
The problem is that no-one knows that it exists.
Cameron intends to embark on a concerted profile raising programme, starting by improving the panel's links with the British Dams Society, the Commonwealth Engineers Council, RedR and the ICE's Telford Challenge.
The ADP runs four meetings a year under the banner 'Hands on for Development', with the next on 24 May entitled 'Housing'.