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Simpler contracts for developing world jobs

ICE news

A CONTRACT for use on projects in developing countries is being formulated by Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) and Engineers Without Frontiers (EWF).

Procurement of engineering goods and services is being studied to pinpoint how the social performance of existing contract forms can be improved.

EAP and EWF want to introduce new clauses to existing contracts to make them better suited to projects and conditions in developing nations.

'We are looking at making contracts simpler and more appropriate for NGOs and locally based fi ms to get involved with.

'We need contracts that focus on outcomes not artefacts. It will build more confidence in the recipients which have grown increasingly distrustful over the years, ' said EWF chairman Paul Jowitt.

He added that the work would build on existing research into procurement carried out by Thames Water, Halcrow, Buro Happold and Water Aid.

EAP is carrying out deskbased research while EWF is convening round table meetings to be chaired Peter Hansford, director of Nichols Group and chair of the ICE finance committee.

The research will be published in the spring and it is hoped that a draft contract will be drawn up later in the year.

The proposed contract would then be offered to bodies such as the Department for International Development and the World Bank and to consultants and contractors as a model for enshrining appropriate development for engineering overseas.

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