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But why Africa?

ICE news

Tony Blair launched the Commission for Africa last year to 'generate action for a strong and prosperous Africa'. The commission's findings will be the focus of the G8 summit in September this year which will be chaired by Blair in Gleneagles, Scotland.

EWF's Engineering principles for development and poverty reduction' will be presented at the summit and have already received support from UK international development minister Hilary Benn.

ICE president Colin Clinton made it a priority to visit Africa this year to make the Institution's input into the G8 summit more realistic.

The visit also highlighted the importance of community projects compared with large engineering schemes. 'It isn't about the big hydroelectric dam serving Nairobi - it's all about the little sand dam and meeting the people benefiting from it.' He admits he was moved by what he saw. 'In the face of true adversity, communities had organised themselves in a very professional manner to beat poverty.'

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