South Asia

More than 100 projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan, in varied areas from rural access programmes to urban planning.


  • prefeasibility and feasibility studies
  • detailed engineering design, construction supervision and programme management
  • transport policy and planning
  • institutional strengthening and organisation change
  • economics and the private sector, including public-private partnerships
  • disaster preparedness and reconstruction
  • environment, energy and climate change
  • social development and monitoring & evaluation
  • resource centres and frameworks


Our flagship project in Nepal is the Rural Access Programme (RAP). Conceived as a poverty alleviation programme, using the construction of transport infrastructure as an entry point, RAP aims to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people in remote areas who have limited access to goods and services.

RAP has built more than 1,000 kilometres of rural roads along with bridges and other vital rural infrastructure, creating 13.5 million days of labour for 40,000 people, 36% of whom are female.

In RAP areas, there has been a 220%-increase in average income, 130%-increase in expenditure, 200%-increase in agricultural yields, 300%-reduction in transportation costs, and 80%-increase in education enrolment.

Our work on RAP has been recognised by both British Expertise and the International Road Federation, who presented us with the Major Consultancy of the Year Award and Global Road Achievement Award respectively in 2009.

Also in Nepal, we have strengthened the country’s bridge assets on the strategic road network, and provided technical assistance with the planning of Kathmandu’s transport system. Currently, we are providing project preparatory technical assistance to the government with transport planning in Biratnagar, South-East Nepal.


We have worked in Bangladesh since 1985 on 30+ projects. In the field of disaster risk reduction, we have worked in community empowerment to improve disaster management, and we are currently providing project management consultancy to the construction of over 200 schools-cum-shelters for the victims of Cyclone Sidr to provide shelter to over 200,000 people.

We have worked to strengthen financial and physical accountability, as well as technical and institutional capability in the Roads and Highways Department, an input that is mentioned as ‘best practice’ in a World Bank review of over 200 of their projects.

We have also drafted a road sector policy and a road master plan that sets out a spending programme for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads for the next 20 years. The plan has become the guiding document for road sector investment and provides technical assistance to Roads and Highways Department staff for policy monitoring and implementation.


In India, we have worked with the World Bank to introduce IT-based solutions that enhance efficiency, transparency and governance in delivery of projects.

We have worked with DFID to provide technical assistance to an urban management reform programme that accelerates economic growth and poverty reduction in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.

Sri Lanka

IMC is currently managing an ADB project to re-establish intra-regional connectivity by rehabilitating road networks in the north of Sri Lanka following heavy damage and lack of road maintenance during the civil war.

Past experience in Sri Lanka has included providing the implementation team for the Colombo Ring Road and Provincial Roads Improvement Project and assisting on a project to promote microfinance.


IMC is now working on a massive DFID project to upgrade the infrastructure of thousands of schools in Pakistan to make them more child-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-owned.

We also worked with DFID in 2012-2013 to develop a disaster risk insurance framework for disaster-prone communities.

Previous projects have included the rehabilitation of the Kotri Barrage and carrying out the Pakistan 4th Annual Earthquake Review.


IMC has recently concluded the design for a road network project in Bhutan, which included technical, economic, financial and socioeconomic analyses, plus environmental and social impact assessments.

We have previously provided construction supervision services on a road network project to expand accessibility in rural areas, and assisted in the development of a training programme for the Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services.