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Bridges to Prosperity

In many parts of the world, the lack of infrastructure is a huge obstacle to growth and development. In remote regions, people primarily need footbridges. Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) recognized this problem 20 years ago. Since then, it has been implementing corresponding projects in Africa and Central America. In these projects, the non-profit organization works together with the people and government authorities in the local areas. Experts from the construction industry assist the projectsnot only with their know-how, but also as volunteers who help to build the bridges and train many people in the local areas. Hundreds of volunteers from HOCHTIEF and the Group companies Flatiron Construction, Turner Construction, and CIMIC have taken part in a total of 27 B2P projects. The results show that every new bridge had a positive impact on the local community. The bridges have improved people’s access to education and healthcare, increased productivity and incomes, enabled products to be sold in new markets, and enabled considerably more women to participate in the labor market. (see our additional B2B-item "Bridges in Rwanda")

EXAMPLES OF DEVELOPMENTS IN B2P COMMUNITIES*

25–36 %  GROWTH IN EARNED INCOME

75 %  HIGHER PROFITS IN AGRICULTURE

60 %  MORE WOMEN IN EMPLOYMENT

60 %  INCREASE IN SPENDING ON AGRICULTURAL INTERMEDIATES

92,000 PEOPLE**  HAVE DIRECTLY BENEFITED FROM THE BRIDGES THAT WERE BUILT WITH THE HELP OF EMPLOYEES FROM THE HOCHTIEF GROUP

NUMBER OF BRIDGES BUILT


CENTRAL AMERICA
HONDURAS  1
GUATAMELA
 1
EL SALVADOR
  2
NICARAGUA
  14

AFRICA
RWANDA  9

In Rwanda, new B2P bridges are used by 33 villages on average.


Learn more in our additional B2P article:

Bridges in Rwanda


* Estimate based on evaluations
** Source: B2P evaluation studies in Rwanda and Nicaragua