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35 years of opportunities to support Nepal

Recently in Kathmandu, we celebrated 35 years of IMC Worldwide’s support of socio-economic development in Nepal, which coincides nicely with this year’s bicentennial celebration of the UK-Nepal relationship.

Thursday 12 May 2016, Gavin English

Recently in Kathmandu, we celebrated 35 years of IMC Worldwide’s support of socio-economic development in Nepal, which coincides nicely with this year’s bicentennial celebration of the UK-Nepal relationship.

IMC’s own history dates back 160 years to 1856, through an engineering consulting firm we own called Coode Blizard.

It was Coode Blizard that, in 1981, delivered our first project in Nepal: the Kosi River Irrigation Project (or Sunsari Morang).

Throughout the 35 years since that first project, there have been significant changes and events in Nepal, including political unrest from 2002 to 2005, and natural disasters such as the floods in the 1990s and the major earthquake of last April.

Through these decades, we have continued to deliver development programmes and also significantly contributed to disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts.

Our near-continuous presence in Nepal has included the delivery of projects in the fields of;

  • urban development and sustainable urban transport
  • water supply
  • road maintenance and rehabilitation, such as the Road maintenance and Rehabilitation Co-ordination project (MRCU) phases 1, 2 and 3 over an 11-year period. One of our senior staff John Millband was awarded an OBE for his work on this programme
  • bridge construction, such as the Arun and Saba Khola river bridge crossings, as well as bridge upgrading and maintenance projects
  • rural access, including the Rural Access Programme (RAP) since 1999
  • earthquake recovery and disaster risk reduction
  • private and public investment infrastructure
RAP Graduate Engineers with Gavin English and Pragya Shrestha (From L to R) Dristi Lamichhane, Bibek Singh, Gavin English, Pragya Shrestha, Subin Gajurel, Manu Poudel, Asin Sharma and Biraj Adhikari
RAP Graduate Engineers with IMC staff at the 35 year celebration event in Nepal (From L to R) Dristi Lamichhane, Bibek Singh, Gavin English (IMC Managing Director), Pragya Shrestha (RAP3 Office Manager), Subin Gajurel, Manu Poudel, Asin Sharma and Biraj Adhikari

Supporting development of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure

Our work has helped Nepal develop ‘hard’ and ‘soft‘ infrastructure to maximise social and economic benefits to the poor and disadvantaged in more than 30 of the country’s 75 districts, including some of the most-remote districts.

By ‘hard’ infrastructure, I mean transport systems, water and sanitation systems and energy systems.

‘Soft’ infrastructure, meanwhile, includes the institutions, policy, systems and capacity required to deliver public services to the people of Nepal.

Our work has given us opportunities to work closely with:

  • thousands of stakeholders and communities
  • government (Department of Roads, DOLIDAR, Department of Housing & Works
  • donors such as the UK Department for International Development, Asian Development Bank, and World Bank
  • project partners, including, Helvetas, ITECO, TEAM, Practical Action, Winrock, and many more

This 35-year celebration has offered a great opportunity for IMC to thank all our past and present government, donor, stakeholder and community partners and all of our staff for their support to the delivery of our work in Nepal.

We look forward to continuing to work with these stakeholders in the future to help scale up the positive impacts of our work on the poor and disadvantages people of Nepal.

Banner photo credit: Glyn Riley

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