ASPIRE is an essential tool for those funding, commissioning and implementing infrastructure projects in developing countries. This easy to use software allows organisations to evaluate the impact of their work and maximise their contribution to poverty reduction and sustainable development.
From housing programmes to sanitation, agriculture to transport, ASPIRE enables organisations to identify opportunities and gaps and deliver a pro-poor sustainable programme.
ASPIRE is the only tool that provides organisations with an analytical framework that comprehensively addresses the three ‘pillars’ of sustainability, environment, society, economics and uniquely recognises institutions as a fourth critical dimension in developing country contexts. It uses over 90 detailed indicators to ensure that you are asking the right questions and considering the critical issues.
This highly intuitive software is ideally suited for use throughout the project cycle, from inception to completion. It can be used as an ongoing programme management tool to identify priorities and support informed decision making whilst the project is underway. Equally it is valuable as an evaluation tool to assess project performance and to promote wider organisational learning.
Arup International Development and Engineers Against Poverty, offer a variety of important services to help support your organisations use of ASPIRE.
Development of ASPIRE
ASPIRE was developed through a unique partnership between Arup and Engineers Against Poverty and was the result of an intensive two year research, consultation and testing programme. It was supported by funding from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) R&D Enabling Fund, Arup Design and Technical Fund and EAP programme resources. ASPIRE has been successfully used by a wide range of organisations including Habitat for Humanity, UNOPS, DfID, PIDG, Belgian Red Cross and the University of Cape Town.
The development of the programme included:
- Comparative analysis of leading assessment frameworks
- Identification of a comprehensive indicator set to define sustainable pro-poor infrastructure.
- Analysis to ensure ASPIRE can be used at key stages throughout the project life cycle.
- Development and testing of software on a broad range of projects.
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During the project design phase, the InfraCo Africa project development team found the ASPIRE exercise to be a valuable internal management process, as it objectively highlighted areas where the project needed further inputs and resources. – Smita Biswas, DiFD Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)