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Infrastructure

 
 
 

IMC specialises in infrastructure that improves livelihoods.

In 19 Caribbean states, we are developing guidelines for climate-resilient infrastructure. In Myanmar, we are helping government to design safer schools. Across central Asia, we are helping 12 governments define the road safety strategies that will save a million lives in the next ten years.

 
 
 

CLASSROOMS To benefit 1 million schoolCHILDREn in pakistan

Humqadam (‘walking together’ in Urdu), funded by the UK and Pakistan governments, is an education infrastructure programme creating safe, female-friendly classroom environments in two of the south Asian nation’s provinces.

By 2020, we will have handed over 10,000 classrooms and additional facilities, including libraries, science and IT laboratories, toilets to increase attendance and retention rates among girls, and ramps for disabled access.

 
 
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450+ improved schoolS in pakistan

 
There are some basic services which every school should have, like safe classrooms, clean toilets, and safe drinking water. Our school had none of these things.
— Ameen ul Haq, headteacher at Government Higher Secondary School Ziarat Talash, in the remote district of Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
The new classrooms are everything we wished for. They are airy, well-lit and feel like a proper school for the first time. I have told my parents and sibling about my new school. Now my younger siblings cannot wait to join the school.
— Hammad Javed, student at Government Higher Secondary School Khanqah Dogran, Punjab province
 
  'I   always wondered if I would feel welcome in my school. Now I do. I enjoy coming to school, learning lessons and know it is a good start to make my life.'   Rehan Qaisar, student at Pul Bajwan school in Punjab

'I always wondered if I would feel welcome in my school. Now I do. I enjoy coming to school, learning lessons and know it is a good start to make my life.'
Rehan Qaisar, student at Pul Bajwan school in Punjab

 
 

We are actively engaging local people in the Humqadam programme as we believe that community ownership over rehabilitated schools can increase enrolment and retention rates.

We have established 2,000+ Committees for School Infrastructure, which are trained to provide oversight during the construction process and beyond. 

‘During the formation of the Community Committee for School Infrastructure at our school the Humqadam team encouraged us to invite all the village women and men’, recalls Ms. Shahid Mobeen, headmistress of the state primary school for girls Basti Faqeer Ullah, in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab. ‘It was a first time that those women came to our school - they had never ever been in schools! Initially we thought what can these village women do?! But after the meeting those women formed our school CCSI, nominated a male member and clearly showed that they understood the Humqadam programme.’

 
We were charged to oversee and inspect the construction site and materials daily. We have been able to make an excellent building for the students.
— Mian Shezad, one of the community members involved in the construction process of Khanqah Dogran school in Punjab province
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ROADS THE CONNECT NEPAL'S POOR TO MARKET AND SERVICES

Since 1999 in Nepal, IMC has built and maintained thousands of kilometres of rural roads to connect remote communities with markets and education and health facilities.

Focusing on the poorest districts, the joint UK-Nepal Rural Access Programme employs over 8,000 people drawn from the most marginalised sectors of society.

These include Dalits, traditionally regarded as untouchable, and women, who represent over 33% of the RAP workforce.

RAP, which in 2014 won the British Expertise Outstanding International Development Project Award, has benefited 625,000 people so far.

 
Not only does it [Rural Access Programme] build new roads, but also provides employment, additional infrastructure like irrigation canals and school buildings, training, income and savings for the poor to tide them over lean times.
— Alan Duncan, Former State Minister for Development
 

RAP runs group-managed credit schemes that have supported the development of a savings culture and provided seed money for inter-group lending. Fixed-interest loans offer an alternative to the exorbitant rates charged by loan sharks and are often used to fund income-generation initiatives that facilitate the shift from subsistence to cash farming.

RAP has also trained local farmers on how to improve irrigation and yield, and diversify crops through better management of land and livestock.

 
  Birmaya (Bajura) is a Dalit mother-of-four and is excited about earning wages through RAP. So that her income will not stop when the road is finished, workers are learning other skills such as vegetable production. 

Birmaya (Bajura) is a Dalit mother-of-four and is excited about earning wages through RAP. So that her income will not stop when the road is finished, workers are learning other skills such as vegetable production. 

  Dura Debi Sarki (Bajura) has five children and is a worker on RAP. She is proud and excited about earning wages for the first time in her life. 

Dura Debi Sarki (Bajura) has five children and is a worker on RAP. She is proud and excited about earning wages for the first time in her life. 

The Local District Councils are so happy to actually get something tangible – development that we can feel is directly benefiting lives in our community, and that we can regard as ours.
— Local Development Officer
 

In 2015, we partnered with Antenna Foundation Nepal to launch the radio show Bikash Ko Bato (in Nepali, ‘A Road to Development’), which is aired twice a week on local FM radio stations in RAP’s most remote districts. People are invited to call a toll-free number and leave a voice message with their thoughts on the programme and issues that affect them.

 
 
  'Working with RAP3 has enhanced my confidence to smile and I believe I am one of the few fortunate who came from an area as rural as mine.'   Nabina Mahar (centre),   an engineer who completed the RAP graduate scheme

'Working with RAP3 has enhanced my confidence to smile and I believe I am one of the few fortunate who came from an area as rural as mine.'
Nabina Mahar (centre), an engineer who completed the RAP graduate scheme

  'When I was young I was taught that everyone in this world is created equal; despite the disparity in today’s society, I continue to believe this in RAP.'   Ayasta Pokharel (second from left), RAP Graduate Engineer

'When I was young I was taught that everyone in this world is created equal; despite the disparity in today’s society, I continue to believe this in RAP.'
Ayasta Pokharel (second from left), RAP Graduate Engineer

 
 

172 CYCLONE SHELTERS TO PROTECT BANGLADESH’S COMMUNITIES

We work with the Islamic Development Bank to build 172 cyclone shelters on Bangladesh’s southern coast. These ‘green’ buildings, equipped with solar panels and potable water supply systems, are helping communities to rebuild after Cyclone Sidr in 2007 and now protect them from future disasters.

Each shelter can protect up to 2,000 people and 500 cattle. During normal times, they also function as modern schools for 284 students each.

 
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  'This is a very good work for the benefit of local people. Most of the villagers are happy with this shelter building since they can now stay here during high flood & cyclone time with their goods & cattle and it will save the lives.'                Mohammad Rubel, resident of Hazirhat Village, Bhola district

'This is a very good work for the benefit of local people. Most of the villagers are happy with this shelter building since they can now stay here during high flood & cyclone time with their goods & cattle and it will save the lives.'           

Mohammad Rubel, resident of Hazirhat Village, Bhola district

  'This is a very high quality constructed building with good facilities and most useful building during both disaster & normal time for education. Children are very happy with this school building.'    Billal Hossain, resident of Manpura Village, Bhola district

'This is a very high quality constructed building with good facilities and most useful building during both disaster & normal time for education. Children are very happy with this school building.'

Billal Hossain, resident of Manpura Village, Bhola district