We have an extensive track record of providing valuable support to rural development and urban infrastructure assistance programmes around the world
Our services include project design, project management, operational reviews, value chain analysis, market development and risk management.
We also have a strong history of trialling and adopting innovative new approaches to water in Afghanistan, especially at the community level.
This includes developing the first trapezoid irrigation canal in the Afghan central highlands, developing three different types of small irrigation dams in Afghanistan with an ROI of less than two years and utilising drip irrigation methods to conserve water and improve crop yields.
We have also been involved in urban planning and renewable energy projects.
Past work includes:
♦ Managing the rehabilitation and upgrade of Koronivia Research Station, a state-owned research farm in Fiji, between 2016 and 2019, including the design, procurement and construction of a comprehensive capital works programme – from roading and drainage upgrades to pasture development. This work was done as part of the Fiji Dairy Industry Development Initiative, which we also designed and implemented.
♦ Contributing to the design and preparation of urban development projects for the Republic of Uzbekistan as the former Soviet republic pushes for increased urbanisation of its less-populated cities. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Uzbekistan Integrated Urban Development Project follows a request from the Government of Uzbekistan for international support for the urban development of three pilot cities, Khiva, Djizzak, and Yangiyer, with a view to replicating successful interventions and lessons learned nationwide. Khiva, Djizzak, and Yangiyer represent a cross-section of Uzbekistan’s small and medium-sized cities, providing three different scenarios of how integrated urban development approaches can be utilised to spur local economic growth without endangering environmental sustainability or social equity.
♦ Training and mentoring staff at a state-owned power company in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, to ensure they had sufficient capabilities to maintain and operate a 1.0-megawatt solar power generation facility, with associated distribution lines, as part of the Bamyan Renewable Energy Project between 2014 and 2017.
♦ Designing and delivering 20 low-cost irrigation structures in Bamyan Province as part of the overarching Agricultural Support Programme (ASP, 2011-17), which allowed locals to hold back water during dry spells and introduce new crops. These affordable structures increased the availability and reliability of irrigated water to enable additional cropping to take place, benefitting more than 1,760 households.
♦ Overseeing the construction of a 3.6-kilometre trapezoid concrete channel in Khawal, Bamyan (also as part of the ASP), which improved water efficiency for six villages and 510 household members. The channel’s concrete turnouts allow efficient water use and its pedestrian crossing points protect the structure’s integrity. It also features 22 dedicated washpoints along the length of the canal, which were included at the suggestion of local women who saw the need for a designated spot where dishes and clothes could be washed. These washpoints also serve as social enabler as they allow women to gather in a safe place to socialise informally.
♦ Managing the design, procurement and supervision of the construction of a 600-metric tonne capacity bioclimatic storage warehouse and potato packhouse in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan – now run entirely by a farmer-owned potato grading and marketing cooperative (the first of its kind in Afghanistan) in 2013. Situated on a one-hectare site, a suite of capital works was required for the packhouse including extensive site levelling, roading, fencing, utility installation and drainage. In addition, a large amount of packing and processing equipment, sourced from New Zealand, was shipped to the port of Karachi and then transported by road to the construction site, where it was assembled and successfully commissioned.