If you were discussing Infrastructure Management Innovation then Karachi, Pakistan is probably not the first place that would spring to mind.
The international news cycle on Pakistan is well established, and unrelentingly negative. As always there is another side to the story.
It seems that there are lots of good news stories coming out of Pakistan, as the Good News Pakistan (http://goodnews.pk) site I came across today shows.
As I was having a look around this site I came across this Infrastructure Management service delivery innovation story on “Ricksaaf – a rickshaw that wants your trash.”
You may well smile reading this article – but I am serious.
Infrastructure provision is about providing services to society that improve our economies, transportation, public health (water, wastewater, waste management), communications, availability of electricity, ports, airports, irrigation, control of flooding, movement of goods.
The list goes on as we count through the features of any modern society.
Infrastructure provision is expensive, so innovations and management techniques that can improve service and/or save money are always worth considering.
This initiative in Karachi is a locally adapted solution to waste management and service delivery – designed to facilitate to provision of service, improve public health, and assist in managing the waste cycle – which might also include recovery, recycling and reuse.
As anyone involved in wider infrastructure management knows – waste management is big business and it attracts big expenditure.
Something for all of us to consider from this innovation developed in Karachi is – small innovations, adapted to your local solution, matter in infrastructure management.
Whilst good overall management, governance and decision making are critical there are many many gains to be made from multiple, small, and incremental improvements to infrastructure management, and infrastructure service delivery.
My challenge to you today is to think about how you can make many small innovations in your own infrastructure management or service delivery.
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