Over 90% of urban growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean by 2050 (UN Habitat). Stresses from urbanisation and the further provision of adequate, safe and affordable homes, schools and healthcare facilities requires continued innovations from our built environment.
Engineering technology, knowledge and skills will be central to driving and fostering this change and to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals that relate to the built environment, specifically Goal 9 ”Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation” and Goal 11 to ”Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
However, engineering capacity is not evenly distributed throughout the world so at Engineers Without Borders UK we work together with qualified and experienced UK engineers and partner organisations to enhance the engineering capacity of built environment projects.
We do this by delivering appropriate, context driven solutions for communities in need by supporting scalable approaches that increase resources and infrastructure alongside research and development of innovative technologies. These projects are creating safer healthcare and education structures in Kenya and Rwanda, and improving the resilience and quality of low cost housing in rural areas and slums in Bangladesh and India.