Working with the UIPE and CEDAT (College of Engineering, Design, Art adn Technology at Makerere University), RedR UK aims to empower Ugandan engineers to apply their skills to a new kind of context and work in the post-Covid 19 world. Equipping local engineers will strengthen emergency preparedness and response activities to build in-country capacity. This also aligns with the Government of Uganda’s (GoU) second national development plan which highlighted the need for engineering skills and capacity.
UIPE is the leading professional body for engineers in Uganda, through which the project will reach over 2,000 engineers. In addition to this, a selection of 100 engineers, technicians and technologists who will receive targeted training on humanitarian principles & standards, disaster risk reduction, urban humanitarianism, and the application of engineering skills in responding to urgent humanitarian needs. The project will also encourage further collaboration between the private and NGO sectors, helping to ensure that technical needs faced by affected populations can be safely and efficiently met.
The project is targeted to work in four locations in Uganda – Kampala, Bidibidi, Rhino Camp, Nakivale- and will run from May 2020 to April 2021. The work is kindly funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering through their ‘Engineering Skills Where they are Most Needed’ fund.
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