Social development

Promoting socially inclusive and transformational growth for the communities and ensuring such features are built in to all our projects.


  • participatory approaches and community-based planning
  • social impact assessment and appraisal for urban and rural infrastructure programmes
  • stakeholder engagement plans including community consultation and public awareness
  • social inclusion – improved rural access, gender mainstreaming and economic empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • social protection

Recent projects

Lesotho: Likalaneng-Thaba Tseka Road Upgrading Project (African Development Bank)

Within this road upgrading project, we developed and implemented a peer education-based, HIV and AIDS awareness and mitigation programme, for both the contractor workforce and Project Affected Communities.

Small community gatherings and workforce meetings were held, with villagers and workers selecting their own representatives or peer educators. Over a 2-year period, our team provided training, information material and condoms to these peer educators, who cascaded this information down through their peer groups.

IMC documented this process, experiences and lessons learned, to produce practical guidelines manual and set of universal contract clauses for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport for use on all future road projects in Lesotho.

South Sudan: Rural Feeder Roads Programme

We conducted a gender and social development appraisal of the programme involving extensive primary data collection and field research to collect information from rural pastoral communities through engagement with vulnerable groups such as women and girls, internally displaced persons and conflict affected youth.

This data was collected to inform not only the road network design, but also to explore possible employment opportunities for marginalised groups to foster inclusive economic development and to address community resettlement issues, access to markets for SME development, access to health clinics and schools, and dispute resolution over cattle between communities.

Data was also collected to inform the critical road maintenance plan needed to legitimise the SSFR programme and secure donor commitment.

European Union: Gender Advisory Services

We provided technical assistance to EU staff at headquarters and delegations on how to integrate gender equality in their work and on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

Nepal: Rural Access Programme

Conceived in 1999 as a comprehensive poverty alleviation programme, UK Aid-funded Rural Access Programme (RAP) uses the construction of transport infrastructure as an entry point for improving the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people in remote areas of Nepal – communities with limited access to goods and social services.

Now in its third stage, RAP’s implementation has involved construction of tracks, trails and roads using labour-intensive, environmentally sound and climate resilient methods; alongside complementary socio-economic interventions.

Besides the evident benefits of improved access, RAP has generated significant employment in rural areas, especially for women.

Uganda: Stakeholder Engagement Plan for the Lake Albert Development Project

We drafted a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for an oil and gas development project in the Albertine Graben, under a Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO) Study to inform the strategy for management of drilling wastes from all phases of the development.

The SEP guides meaningful engagement with all internal and external stakeholders, ensuring stakeholder perspectives are incorporated at all stages.