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Telford Challenge set to receive Presidential boost


THE TELFORD Challenge - the pan-engineering institution project to help indigenous engineers in the developing world combat poverty - is set for a major promotion push when Professor George Fleming becomes President, ICE News can reveal.

Fleming, who takes over as President of the Institution on 2 November will attempt to boost the flagging poverty busting initiative during his year in office. ICE is a partner in the initiative along with the other main engineering institutions and the Department for International Development (DFID).

It is hoped that the imminent hiring of a full time fundraiser would also speed the process which has raised £60,000 so far. DFID chief engineering advisor John Hodges said: 'If the Telford Challenge really takes off we will be looking into raising the funding.'

Donations have been confirmed from Shell, Esso, GEC, and the American Society of Civil Engineers among others. The money will fund projects soon to be launched in Ethiopia, Ghana and India. These countries, along with Bangladesh and a country in the South African Development Community, have been targeted because of 'World Bank statistics and favourable developments in national policies.'

Projects already committed to are:

Supporting a training project in Nagpur, India, to help deprived slum dwellers. Local people would learn practical engineering skills to gain jobs and self reliance.

Funding for a programme in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia, to develop animal ploughs for peasant farmers through the Bahir-Day Institute of Technology.

Part funding of a proposal to investigate pollution in Lake Tana, Ethiopia, and develop methods of control and reduction. An environmental management strategy which would allow economic development while protecting the environment.

Helping to build and fit out a library in Ekumfi-Atakwa, Ghana.

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