I want to get back into the EWB-UK swing of things!

I did the course two years ago and enjoyed it so much I want to come back! Because EWB-UK rocks my world!

The Role of the Foreign Engineer: Profiting from Poverty?

What is poverty?

material deprivation

low human development

poverty

lack of voice

acute vulnerability to adverse shocks

Objective 2: Assessing improvements
Improvements based on recent field and lab research: External bamboo and wire reinforcement: Internal bamboo and wire reinforcement:

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Improving the Seismic Resistance of Adobe Buildings Stephen Jones, 20 Dec 2006

Advantages a foreign engineer can bring… Advantages a local engineer can bring…

Advantages a foreign engineer can bring…

Advantages a local engineer can bring…

Advantages a foreign engineer can bring…
Skills/knowledge Attitude Contacts/resources Trust Communication Work ethic Commitment Flexibility Passion Less affected by local politics

Advantages a local engineer can bring…
Language Cost Previous local experience and knowledge Trust Longer-term commitment Passion Less strange power relations?

What can we do as individuals?

What can we do as organisations?

What can we do as individuals?

What can we do as organisations?

What can we do as individuals?
What level of pay do we accept? What languages do we learn? How long do we stay abroad? How and where do we live? What kind of role do we play? Managing? Mentoring? What training do we take beforehand? Do we accept roles when we don’t actually have much experience? What risks do we accept? What contacts do we make? What resources do we use?

What can we do as organisations?
Where do we direct our funds? How do we work with local partners? What types of organisations do we work with? How formal can ‘capacity-building’ be?

3 things to work on…
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2.

3.

3 things to work on…
1. Le français

2. Mentoring / teaching experience

3. Practical technical skills

Thoughts / feedback / ideas / questions / comments … ?

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Advantages a foreign engineer can bring…
Good influence & inspiration to the community Can bring structure to the community A gateway to the outside world – bringing in knowledge from outside the community Bring experience, new techniques, training Committed to getting the task done (generally) Tend to gain more respect Accessibility of funds Impartiality Sensitivity to environmental design More awareness Planning & Project Management

Advantages a local engineer can bring…
Language Cultural knowledge, e.g. ethics Engaging the community; sourcing labour from the community Local techniques and local resources Ownership and long-term involvement with the project Understand local price (sometimes) Costs minimised & no acclimitisation period

What can we do as individuals?
Gaining cultural knowledge; in country and research Research on community and project – take books

Applied practical training
Networking (locally and at home) and sourcing locally Stabilising personal situation

Maintainable design
Think about why you’re doing it – personal motivation

What can we do as organisations?
Make it clear that you value local Engineers Better planning – i.e. plan before foreign Engineer arrives Diversify resources; think about what resources are appropriate and accessible Making sure you have adequate bank of resources

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