Key Projects

Africa Catalyst

The Africa Catalyst project is designed to strengthen the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO), a professional engineering body in Nigeria, so that they can effectively promote the profession and increase local engineering capacity in order to help drive development in the country and region.

Founded in 2012 and based in Abuja, the FAEO currently has 26 member countries. In order to better support its members, FAEO is working in coordination with RedR UK to establish itself as an effective and self-sustainable organisation with sufficient staff. This strengthened capacity will contribute to the longer-term objective of this project; to support other African Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) throughout the region.

The project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) through their Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Africa Catalyst programme, which aims to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Why is strengthening engineering organisations in Africa important?

There is a strong positive correlation between engineering strength and economic development, according to a new global study undertaken by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the Royal Academy of Engineering (Cebr, Sep 2016). Strengthening engineering bodies gives scope for potential growth, drives economic and social development, facilitates education and healthcare and enhances quality of life. Engineers and engineering bodies can also make a vital contribution to the response to a humanitarian emergency.

With sufficient local engineering capacity, and strengthened ties between engineering professionals and professional bodies, this project aims to drive national and regional development in sub-Saharan Africa.

RedR UK have a strong history within the engineering sector as well as in capacity building, which you can read more about here.

Why is strengthening engineering organisations in Africa important?

The Africa Catalyst Journey

Capacity building of the FAEO will focus on five main areas, facilitated through consultation, training workshops, and remote support from RedR UK consultants;

1. Development of FAEO governance, leadership and operational systems

2. Development of FAEO policy and practice on issues of transparency, inclusion and diversity

3. Implementation of an effective financial management system for FAEO

4. Enhancement of FAEO fundraising and marketing capacity

5. Establishment of FAEO learning and development programmes

In the second year of the project, FAEO will prioritize their efforts, and work towards a 3-year plan to build capacity of pan-African PEIs. This will contribute to the overall objective of the project, to ensure PEIs across Africa are better able to work towards international standards of education and accreditation. This will establish best practices, innovate new approaches and raise the profile of engineering in Africa.


March – July 2018
Analysis phase; Conduct review of FAEO governance, financial management and fundraising systems, and make recommendations for improvement

June – August 2018
Implementation phase; FAEO, with the support of RedR, to implement improvements to governance, financial management and fundraising systems

September 2018 – March 2019
Training phase; Expert training and support for FAEO staff on marketing, communications, financial management and including transparency and diversity into their work

November 2018 – June 2019
Capacity building; FAEO, with the support of RedR, to develop training and increase their support and development of pan-African PEIs

Our Partners

Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO): an international non-governmental organisation which represents the interests of all engineering practitioners in Africa.

Royal Academy of Engineers (RAEng): the UK’s national academy for engineering which brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Africa Catalyst: a RAEng-funded grant to strengthen and build the capacity of professional engineering institutes in sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to drive development in the region.