IMC Worldwide continues to grow and succeed in scaling up the positive impacts of our work on the poor and disadvantaged around the world. During 2015, we:
- became an independent business by completing a secondary buy-out of private equity partner shares
- grew turnover and recruited talented people to strengthen our professional services team
- won great new projects that should significantly improve lives of the target groups
- continued to build our reputation for delivering value for money through strong programme management and a collaborative ‘can do’ approach
- won four major awards in recognition of the high quality of our work and staff
Delivering IMpacts around the world
Throughout 2015, we delivered an impressive portfolio of multi-disciplinary work and secured over 50 new projects. In Pakistan, a high-quality innovative design and construction programme will allow and encourage an additional 1.5 million new students to attend school. The Connect to Grow Programme, meanwhile, is creating partnerships between innovators in India and emerging innovators in developing countries.
In the Caribbean, we are strengthening business incubators to support entrepreneurial growth. In Nepal, we are working to increase investments in large-scale infrastructure, economic growth and employment creation. Around south Asia, we are conducting research that will improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes to address violence against women and girls in the region. Meanwhile, the award of a major project to conduct Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning from the International Climate Fund (ICF) will help improve the generation, dissemination and uptake of data, evidence and knowledge from across the ICF portfolio worldwide.
Scaling up our impact
In June, our senior management team and directors met to discuss future growth and direction of the business. These discussions led to a revised Purpose, Values, Vision and Strategic Priorities document, published at the end of 2015. The plan will help to guide us into the next phase of our growth, position us in current and future markets as a leading international development consultancy, and differentiate us further from competitors.
Two years ago, we registered IMC in the United States and have since made steady progress, now leading three 5-year Millennium Challenge Corporation frameworks covering environment, social, M&E, transport and engineering. We are also involved in four USAID frameworks covering cities and urban, M&E and transport and engineering. In 2016, we will continue to build up US operations through recruitment and enhanced support from the UK business.
We launched the IMC Charity Fund to support charitable and sustainable projects aimed at alleviating poverty in developing countries. In response to the Nepal earthquake in April, the Charity Fund supported our Nepali staff in funding repairs to their damaged houses.
As you will read in this report, the hard work, passion and talent of our staff has enabled us to achieve much during 2015, and we are well-positioned to continue our remarkable story in 2016 and beyond.