The company provides consultancy services in Project Management, Design and supervision of civil/ structural engineering works, Design and supervision of water supplies and distribution systems, architectural designs, Environmental studies, Capacity Building, Policy and Institutional development, Community mobilization and Development of Management Information Systems.
The merger between the company’s parent companies enables it to provide a more holistic professional service to clients in Uganda at the same time developing a cadre of Ugandan professionals who will be better able to meet the challenging and diverse requirements of the company’s clients. Furthermore, MBW has direct access to specialists of the multi-disciplinary Wardrop Engineering Inc. who are available to provide oversight and specific technical advisory service as well as project quality control assurance.
MBW uniquely combines traditional engineering services with participatory community development activities. For example on the ongoing Local Government Development Project, the team comprises professionals with expertise in sociology, economics, planning, water supple and sanitation, electrical and mechanical engineering, and civil engineering.
The company is equipped with in-house computing, printing and plotting facilities, which enable different design options to be rapidly evaluated for optimum economy, topographic survey instruments and modern communications facilities.
MBW's underlining business is in the structural engineering and construction supervision field. As such, the company has several small and medium design supervision assignments which go on at the same time during any given year.
Some of these include: the rehabilitation of Bombo Barracks both Phase II and III; design and supervision of Rwenzori House on which the company roles included Structural Works Supervisor and Technical Coordinator; Rwenzori Courts for which the company was retained as the Technical Works Coordinator; Lincoln International School expansion programme; Canon Apollo Core Primary Teachers’ College construction supervision; the national UPE classroom construction programme as civil works supervisor; the Joint Medical Stores at Nsambya, and the proposed extension to the storage and processing facilities at Kibimba for Tilda Rice Scheme; the restoration of the slope stability of the JMM Mansion at Kakira Sugar Works; the rehabilitation of the three storey headquarters building for Tororo District Council; rehabilitation of a two storey classroom block at Uganda Technical College-Elgon, Mbale.
MBW was also involved in the initial stages of the construction contract for the Owen Falls Dam extension project preparing shop and fabrication drawings for the contractor.
Concern for the environmental impact of project activities has become an integral part of our planning and design work. Recently, environmental concerns have received increased attention in developing countries. Our project team endeavours to provide our clients with in-house environmental and socio economic capabilities for all our projects. This ensures that all our projects are completed on time, while fulfilling our responsibility to protect the environment as well as the people during and after the construction process. Our team of experts conduct Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Audits, Occupational Health and Safety Assessments, and oversee socio-economic issues such as HIV/AIDS sensitization and the implementation of Resettlement Action Plans.
We have trained professionals that are registered with the National Environmental management Authority to complete these works.
Over the past five years of MBW, we have gained significant experience in the road works sector.
In particular we have strengths in the design and supervision of road construction projects including labour based road construction solely and in partnership with other international consultants.
Recent Projects in which MBW had been involved include:
• Rehabilitation of Rural Feeder Roads in several districts funded by ACDI/VOCA using both labour and machine based methods,
• Supervision of Eastern Uganda Periodic Road Maintenance Projects under the Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications,
• Rehabilitation of Feeder Roads under the Area Based Agricultural Modernisation Programme in 13 Districts funded by ADB,
• Periodic Maintenance including site supervision of the Kampala Jinja Highway (72 Kms) and the Njeru Nyenga Road (9.8 Kms)
• Design Review and Contract Documentation Review for the Rehabilitation of Fort Portal – Hima Road.
Water Supply and Distribution Systems
MBW has been working in the water sector for over four years. We have several staff members that are well conversed with the water sector and have worked on numerous projects historically as well as currently.
MBW has recently completed the Rural Water Sector Reform Study for Directorate of Water Development financed by DANIDA. The assignment estimated the demand for rural water and sanitation services to the year 2015. The company developed a strategy to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services in the rural areas to 100% coverage through institutional reforms at the centre and local governments, increased investment, strengthening community participation, the private sector and local government.
MBW critically examined and, through stakeholder consensus building workshops, evaluated policies as well as relevant legal and institutional procedures to develop implementation strategies for continued effective delivery of these services nationally, including institutional arrangements for long term sustainability. Field data collection was executed in the ten sample Districts (which included 1200 household interviews and over 150 key informant interviews); preliminary field data analyses were performed and eight Regional workshops were held which brought together representatives from each of the 44 Districts (Kampala City not included as it is wholly urban), in the country to discuss technical and institutional issues/constraints identified through the Study. The company prepared an investment plan, identified potential implementation strategies and assessed institutional issues relating to policy constraints.
We have completed a study on the feasibility and design of water supply and sanitation systems for seven rural growth centres in the districts of Mukono, Kayunga, Wakiso, Masaka, Sembabule, Rakai and Kalangala.
Capacity Building and Institutional Development
We have completed numerous Capacity Building and Institutional Development projects for the Government of Uganda. The LGDP demonstrates our ability to manage projects with substantial capacity building, organizational development, supervision of micro projects, and skills transfer dimensions.
MBW together with our international partner Wardrop, has been implementing the Local Government Development Programme which commenced in October 1996, and since then has undergone considerable changes in scope and emphasis largely due to policy changes taking place within Uganda. These changes have included the enactment of the Local Governments Act, 1997, and the recent Government reform and restructuring, as well as refinement of the Governments’ and World Banks’ position regarding the decentralization policy and devolution of the development budget.
The overall goal of the program is to assist Government to establish procedures and arrangements for decentralization of the development budget. This involves developing and demonstrating an inclusive, participatory, demand, and performance driven process for planning, implementing and managing improvements to basic local services in five sectors (water supply, sanitation, roads, drainage and solid waste management). A decision making framework has been established linking committees at the community, division council, and municipal council levels and then to central government. A funds flow mechanism has been put in place and procurement procedures established. Micro-projects have been initiated as a means of demonstrating commitment and testing these procedures. Capacity building has been executed through developing and delivering training modules to civil servants and community leaders.