New paper pushes for reforms in the construction sector in the Middle East to protect migrant workers 

A new White Paper published by the International Labour Organization and written by Dr Jill Wells, Engineers Against Poverty addresses two key challenges in the construction industry – how to ensure that workers are paid on time and that they are protected from unsafe working conditions. Given the increasing prevalence of complex supply chains in the construction industry – both in the Middle East and globally – there is a need to ensure that workers throughout the supply chain are protected. Thus, the Paper offers innovative ideas to address gaps in legislation, Wage Protection Systems, and occupational safety and health policies, to ensure a strengthened and reputable construction industry in the region. Read more here

Reflections from Africa Catalyst 

Reflections from Africa Catalyst In 2017, we partnered with engineering institutions in Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to build capacity and strengthen the sector in these countries. This work has been carried out under the Royal Academy of Engineering's 'Africa Catalyst' programme and has allowed us to support projects focused on advancing organisational development, developing standards and tackling corruption. As we enter the next phase of Africa Catalyst in 2018, we share core outcomes from the pilot projects. Read more here

Infrastructure for Cities for Economic Development launch website 

The Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) facility recently launched its new website. Among other things, the website assists Department for International Development (DFID) advisers to easily access knowledge products produced through the facility. Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) is a flexible facility designed to accelerate DFID’s infrastructure and cities initiatives for resilient, inclusive and transformative economic growth.  Read more here

Engineers Against Poverty at International Labour Organization consultation: tackling delayed payment and unsafe conditions affecting construction workers 

In October, we participated in an International Labour Organization consultation on labour, migration and mobility from Asia and Africa to the Middle East. Among other things, we focused on the impacts of delayed payment on migrant workers in construction, including its contribution to furthering debt and consequences on compensation claims brought by workers. We outlined what measures should be put in place to address the root cause of the issue. Read more here

CoST publishes Argentina Case Study, finding significant scope for improving transparency and accountability 

On 21st November CoST launched the first of four country case studies as part of a global study on the need for greater infrastructure transparency and accountability in high-income countries. The first case study focuses on the opportunities and barriers to achieving infrastructure transparency and accountability in Argentina and how CoST can help. The launch event took place at the Open Government Partnership Regional Americas Meeting in Buenos Aires, and brought together key stakeholders from across government, the private sector and civil society in Argentina and the wider region to focus on the study’s findings and recommendations. Read more here

Building engineering capacity in sub-Saharan Africa with Africa Catalyst

As part of the Royal Academy of Engineering led Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Africa Catalyst programme, EAP has partnered with several sub-Saharan Africa grantees to build the capacity of professional engineering institutions in the region. Earlier this month, EAP visited Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER) – one of the grantees – to support them on the ground and refine their approach through evaluation activities. One of IER’s placement graduates noted: “Before this placement, I had no experience. This will help me to get a job because you cannot be employed without experience.” Read more here.

Engineering a Better World

EAs part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s student innovation competition – Engineering a Better World – EAP participated in a judging panel to select the best engineering solutions to a global challenge. Using engineering expertise to devise solutions which could contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries, the winning teams will now compete in the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2017. Read more here.  

Migrant workers in construction

EAP is pleased to publish a paper which examines the role of migrant workers in the construction industry and explores the reasons for the late or non-payment of wages. Migrant construction workers in many parts of the world face two major risks: the risk of not having work and of not being paid for the work they have done. This paper traces the problem to the payment system in the construction industry, which has failed to adjust to changes in the way in which workers are employed and migrant workers incorporated into construction labour markets. Read more here. 


Closing the knowledge gap on infrastructure and cities for economic development

EAP has joined a PwC led Alliance to support the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) with the delivery of its ambitious infrastructure policy and linked economic development goals. Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) is designed to accelerate DFID’s contribution to poverty reduction through resilient, inclusive and transformative economic growth. ICED provides technical assistance to DFID advisors with programming and knowledge whilst supporting international influencing priorities. Read more here.

Protecting the wages of migrant construction workers

EAP is launching a new project to explore the issues surrounding the late or non-payment of wages to migrant construction workers. Building upon EAP’s previous research on improving employment standards in construction in Qatar, ‘Protecting the Wages of Migrant Construction Workers’ will explore this most pressing issue affecting migrant workers. The project will be proactive in delivering proposals for policies and actions that can be taken forward to address the issue and develop incentives for change. Read more here.

Aligning the engineering curriculum with industry needs in Sub-Saharan Africa

EAP is continuing its support to the Royal Academy of Engineering led and Anglo American Group Foundation supported programme to enrich engineering education in Sub-Saharan Africa by bringing engineering curricula in universities in line with current industrial practices. EAP provided strategic guidance to the Enriching Engineering Education (EEE) programme, which facilitated secondments and collaborative workshops for university staff to learn directly from industry partners. As a result of the programme 20 university staff went on secondment in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, with peer learning workshops then held in seven countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more here.

UK Government: Investing in sustainable infrastructure for shared prosperity and poverty reduction

EAP has obtained a copy of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) infrastructure policy through a freedom of information request. The paper, entitled ‘Sustainable infrastructure for shared prosperity and poverty reduction: A policy framework’, justifies and establishes priorities for more than GBP£1 billion of annual expenditure within the UK government. Read more here.

Date Published: 18 December 2013
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