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Cardno Wins at the British Expertise International awards 2019

Cardno’s International Development team recently won the prestigious British Expertise International Award, at the ceremony in London, for the Best International Development: Physical Project for the Improving Rural Access Tanzania (IRAT) programme, which was completed in 2018.

Part of our East Africa team, Nicki Spence, was also recognised for her work as head of programmes, by being in the top three nominees for the Young Consultant of the Year Award. This is a huge achievement in this highly competitive field. Cardno were also shortlisted for International Development: Non-Physical project, for the hugely successful Private Sector Innovation for Health (PSP4H) programme. His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, President of British Expertise International and Chairman of the judging panel, presented all the awards on the night.

The now award winning IRAT programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) helped to build a better climate resilient road network across Tanzania. It is said to have affected 2.6 million lives for the good, across 32 districts of Tanzania.

The now award winning IRAT programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) helped to build a better climate resilient road network across Tanzania. It is said to have affected 2.6 million lives for the good, across 32 districts of Tanzania.

IRAT programme director George Mukkath commented: “This award is a tribute to collaborative working between the Cardno team and Rural Road Engineers who demonstrated how new technologies can improve effectiveness and transparency in public work contracts.” 

The award highlights the precedent set by the team ‒ high-level innovative programme delivery. For example, the creation and introduction of the District Road Management System (DROMAS), which was developed by the team as a bespoke solution to address one of Tanzania’s ongoing issues relating to rural access. DROMAS is a very effective online road network mapping tool, which is already being considered by other clients globally.

The programme brought together consulting engineers as well as in-house engineering team Cardno IT Transport, to produce the best solutions to the complex issues presented by IRAT.

“We are pleased that IRAT has been recognised at the BEI awards. We consider this programme to be innovative, highly effective and well managed, making a significant contribution to improving rural transport in Tanzania. It really is a testimony the hard work and dedication of the project and corporate teams and an example of the high quality work that Cardno prides itself on delivering,” said Gerome Rich, Director of International Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Overall the awards are a fantastic showcase of the important, effective work exported from the UK, work that changes lives and improves developing economies using sustainable best practices.

To find out all about the nominees, all the other awards, and their recipients, visit the British Expertise International website.

We look forward to being back in contention in 2020.