Cardno International Development award-winning programs

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Over the years, Cardno International Development has been recognized through global donors, industry awards, and notable commendations for our work impacting people’s lives across sectors and in innovative ways.

Our partnerships with such profound influencers in our industry include MTV, Viacom, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Elton John AIDS Foundation, to name a few. In addition to the far reaching and sustained impact to these nations and communities, these approaches also yielded the following recognition and awards.


Award winning paper authors posing with their new framed certificates

Developing Rural Transport

The UK National Committee of the World Road Association (WRA) presented Cardno’s DFAT-funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) program two distinguished awards in 2019 at 26th World Road Congress. The project promoted safe and sustainable transport for rural communities in 17 countries across Africa and Asia. 

Cardno’s Rural Access Index (RAI) paper won the UK award for Sustainable Development for raising the profile of the Rural Access Index as a vital indicator in measuring rural development and connectivity. 

And the Qingqi Transport Paper won the UK prize for Roads and Intermodality (inter-connected public transport network) for its focus on the expansion of three-wheeler transport services in Pakistan.


Workers on rural road in Liberia

Construction Supervision and Capacity Building

The USAID Mission to Liberia named our Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Activity (FRAMP) Project one of the top two fraud prevention and audit lead contractors in the country in 2019 for our public finance management capacity building and management efforts. Cardno has sustained projects in Liberia through our Public Finance Management services throughout the country’s peak Ebola epidemic.


Cardno employee Don Hurrell receiving award

Supporting Law and Justice

Long-term member of Cardno’s law and justice team in Papua New Guinea, Don Hurrell, was officially recognized for his enormous contribution to the people of PNG’s Morobe Province. Mr. Hurrell was made a recipient of the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal” at an Investiture Ceremony in Lae in 2019 in recognition of his dedication and commitment to supporting law and justice services in Morobe.


Meeting of Serbian business leaders

Reforming Serbian Legislation

Cardno earned two USAID Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) awards from the USAID Learning Lab for our work under USAID Serbia’s Business Enabling Project (BEP). These efforts in ensuring stakeholders had a voice in reforming legislation and freeing labor law and business construction obstructions have even upheld systems of e-commerce and banking under COVID-19 crises. 

Before BEP started in 2011, it was much harder to run a business in Serbia. Our 2018 win, “Construction Permitting in Serbia: From 20 Stops to One Stop Shop,” describes how CLA was used – and continues to be – to streamline the country’s construction permitting process with the introduction of an e-permitting system.

Our 2017 Finalist, “Building a Better Business Environment in Serbia through CLA,” was built on earlier results. This resulted in Serbia jumping to 7th place in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report in the Getting Construction Permits category. The reforms supported by USAID and BEP have resulted in record numbers of permits issued, including opening the doors to the country’s first IKEA, among other job opportunities.


Cardno attendees sat at the dinner table with the British Expertise International award

Improving Rural Access

Cardno’s team won the prestigious British Expertise International Award for the Best International Development Physical Project for the Improving Rural Access Tanzania (IRAT) program, which was completed in 2018. Part of our East Africa team, Nicki Spence, was also recognized for her work as head of programs and named in the top three nominees for the Young Consultant of the Year Award.


Camilla Solomon, Senior Country Officer, ADB Pacific Office in Nauru, the President of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, and  Sonya Gray, Acting High Commissioner,  Australian High Commission, Nauru, with the project team

Implementing Sustainable Ports

A Cardno-managed project to build Nauru’s first fully functioning international port won an award in 2018 through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) internal recognition program for its work to improve transport links and minimize the impacts of climate change. The sustainable and climate resilient connectivity project was awarded the Outstanding Sustainable Transport Project Award and ranked best in its category against all ADB transport sector projects. 

The ADB stated the project “will transform the largely inoperable boat harbor into an efficient, reliable, and climate-resilient port which will improve the quality of life of all the people in Nauru.”


Group of people high-fiving

Developing Indonesian Subsidy Reforms

Our MAHKOTA (“Towards a Strong and Prosperous Indonesian Society”) project provided evidence and policy reform to support regulatory reforms in Indonesia’s energy subsidies – the electricity subsidy in particular – to more effectively target subsidies to poor and vulnerable populations.

The subsidy reform resulted in the government saving an estimated AU$1.662 billion in 2017. This savings could then have been redirected to fund other economic and social development programs and ensure the subsidy more effectively reached targeted households. The body of evidence created and subsequent policy reform resulted in MAHKOTA winning DFAT’s Award for Best Significant Policy Change in 2017.


Three Indonesian women with SPAK stickers

Supporting Corruption Free Programs

Cardno supported the Corruption Eradication Commission to conduct a series of “I Am a Woman Against Corruption” (AIPJ) training activities, increasing the number of representing agents to 1,549 and targeted local government and justice sector officials such as police women, prosecutors and officers from the Ministry of Religious Affairs AIPJ2 ran SPAK Training of Trainers for the representatives of 14 village communities piloting the ‘Corruption Free Village’ program.

In 2017, AIPJ2 received the global Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for the Youth Creativity and Engagement Category from the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre, a joint initiative between UNODC and the Government of Qatar.


Cardno employees at P3 Impact Awards ceremony

Delivering HIV/AIDS Prevention

Cardno won Top 5 Finalist in the P3 Impact Awards in 2016 through Concordia, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships (OGAC), and the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society. The award recognized the project’s popular “MTV Shuga” series, which reached more than 100,000 young viewers throughout Africa with HIV/AIDS prevention and testing messaging.

Under this project – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Private Partnership for PEPFAR Countries (CDC P4) Project, Cardno developed and managed nearly 20 partnerships including Viacom, MTV, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Elton John Foundation.


Cars driving on road in Kenya

Improving and Maintaing Roads in Kenya

Cardno IT Transport was awarded British Expertise’s Highly Commended International Development Project Award in 2011-12 for “outstanding work on an international project.” The project was Cardno IT Transport’s Kenya Roads 2000 Nyanza Maintenance Program. 

The Roads 2000 Project in Nyanza Province of Kenya – supported financially by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) – provided support to 11 districts of the province to improve and maintain 8,400 kilometres of road using appropriate technology and maximized the use of local resources including labor over six years.

In addition to the extensive road improvement works, include capacity building and training of District Authorities, central Government Engineers and local consultants and contractors to carry out the work, raising awareness of all stakeholders to the environmental, road safety, non-motorized transport needs and soil conservation impacts of road and transport initiatives and the socio-economic effects of road improvement and employment creation through road sector investment.


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