CONSULTANTS AND disaster relief charity RedR said this week that they were teaming up to help local authorities in developing countries deliver infrastructure projects.
Arup, Buro Happold and Scott Wilson have already signed up.
And RedR chief executive Bobby Lambert is having talks with RedR patrons, in the hope that more companies will join.
'There is a major capacity gap [in developing countries], quite often at local authority and secondary city level, in the planning and implementation of a range of services to help eradicate poverty in roads, water supplies, schools and clinical services, ' said Lambert.
'We are likely to focus on a level of engagement between the macro level where the UN operates, and the grassroots level occupied by NGOs.' The initiative follows calls by Buro Happold chief executive Rod MacDonald for greater engineering involvement in poverty relief at the ICE's 'Engineering the Millennium Goals' summit at the ICE this month.