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Government adopts engineers' recommendations on Millennium Development Goals

The government’s International Development Committee has adopted recommendations made by engineering bodies to promote the role of infrastructure in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Engineers Against Poverty (EAP), the ICE and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) made a joint submission to the International Development Committee in March making the recommendations on the part that should be played by infrastructure in enabling developing coutnries to meet the MDG (see box, below).

The committee reported today that it has adopted all of the recommendations. EAP, ICE and RAE welcomed the decision.

“Developing countries cannot achieve the MDG without effective transport, water, energy and waste systems,” said EAP chairman and former ICE president Paul Jowitt. “Historically the criticality of effective infrastructure for growth and development has been under-recognised in Government’s strategy. If we really want our money to make a difference, infrastructure development … must be prioritised.”

Engineers’ recommendations

The recommendations that have been adopted by the International Development Committee are:

  • DFID should develop a comprehensive infrastructure strategy
  • The strategy should recognise the importance of the local engineering and construction sector in achieving economic growth
  • A senior civil servant in DFID should take ownership for the strategy
  • DFID should recognise the success of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative by providing financial support
  • DFID should work more with the UK engineering and construction community to better leverage the expertise and capability it can provide

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