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International development

Your global partner on vital developmental and humanitarian projects

Your global partner on vital developmental and humanitarian projects

As sustainable development consultants with deep technical expertise in the built environment, we work with a wide range of partners to tackle complex challenges in low and middle-income countries.

Collaboration for enduring change

We collaborate with governments, aid agencies, development banks and local communities to enable imaginative solutions to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our focus is on supporting the emergence of more resilient, liveable cities; enabling inclusive greener growth and finance; and delivering social infrastructure that enables better access to public services including in health and education.

Your development partner

Arup has decades of experience providing strategic advice, technical programme and project delivery across the world.

Throughout the project life-cycle we share knowledge and capacity with our partners, continuously learning and developing our methodologies for the future through our experience on the ground.

Being an employee-owned firm also enables us to invest in research and technology, creating new approaches to accelerate the transition to clean energy, strengthening the resilience of communities and natural systems, and contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future.

How we can help

We offer technical assistance, strategic advice and capacity building across a range of key areas:

Inclusive and resilient cities

Inclusive and resilient cities

Many towns and cities struggle to provide key services to their growing populations, whether it’s a lack of secure housing, access to water or functioning transport. We work with local partners to design solutions that strengthen city systems, and respond to real local need, with a key focus on making cities safer and more friendly for children.

Social infrastructure

Safer and inclusive social infrastructure

Social infrastructure, such as schools and health centres, is central to development. We take a holistic approach, assessing regulatory frameworks, resilience of infrastructure systems to natural hazards, and the physical design of buildings. We can rapidly deploy specialist teams to support humanitarian organisations in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction phases.


Water, sanitation and waste management

Clean water and sanitation are fundamental building blocks for healthy communities and cities. We help local communities develop the WASH infrastructure they need, whether in under-served urban communities, informal settlements or refugee camps. We also work with municipal authorities to assess and plan their waste management systems.

Climate change

Climate change and disaster resilience

The impact and incidence of climate-related hazards is becoming more unpredictable. We work to anticipate climate-related shocks and stresses and to facilitate planning for adaptation and mitigation. Our experience ranges from supporting development banks in designing loans that integrate climate risk measures, to working with not-for-profit organisations in designing disaster resilience plans for vulnerable communities.

Social development

Social development

Empowering the most vulnerable to lead and make choices about their own development is key to promoting more just and inclusive societies. We seek to design projects that provide opportunities for inclusion and participation, analysing social norms such as gender, age, ethnicity and migrant status to identify and address the barriers that limit participation.

Organisational development

Organisational development

Humanitarian and development organisations depend on efficient operations, within tight budgets and timelines. We work with partners to review and advise on their organisational structures, systems, processes and roles. We also conduct capacity assessments and develop capacity building plans, and advise on governance systems.

Programme management

Programme management

Every major development project relies on effective programme management. We provide this service to ensure delivery of complex projects in the most challenging settings, also helping our partners to develop their own programme management capacities. We also provide grant management capability for working with partners.

Meeting global goals

Sustainable development principles guide our decision-making and we help our partners to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key international agreements and commitments, including the 2015 Paris Declaration on Climate Change (2015), the 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the 2016 New Urban Agenda. We are a proud member of the UN Global Compact, bringing our principles-based approach to doing business to all of our projects and partnerships.

Our Development Partners work in some of the fastest changing regions in the world, inhabited by around a third of the global population. Bound together by vulnerability to climate change, dramatic rates of urbanisation, economic and social transition, these are perhaps the places where we can have greatest impact in shaping a better world. ” Jerome Frost Jerome Frost Chair, UK, India, Middle East, and Africa (UKIMEA)

Our people

We are planners, engineers, researchers and advisors from a variety of backgrounds, all committed to using Arup’s technical strengths to create change in settings where resources are a challenge. Our team offers decades of international experience across the project cycle – from project scoping, assessment and design, through to delivery and evaluation – ensuring the right blend of technical skills is applied to each step of the process.

Contact us about your project

You can access services through regional consultants around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help you get the most out of your project at any stage of the development lifecycle.