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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