Engineering companies must cut across barriers of bureaucracy and corruption to drive poverty out of Africa, ICE vice president Paul Jowitt said earlier this month.
His views were backed by the chairman of disaster relief charity RedR-IHE, Rod Macdonald, who called on engineers to tackle the issues slowing down the delivery of infrastructure in developing countries.
'We have got to face up to the fact that we will be involved in the politics and corruption and not leave it to others to solve, ' he said.
'We are narrow minded as a profession and need to widen our perspective. Brunel spent 40% of his time arguing with clients, 40% getting money for projects and only 20% on actual design and construction. We have to have that confidence to do this (up front) 80%'.