Report on Engineering Capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, 2012

The Africa-UK Partnership has conducted research into capacity building needs in the engineering sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the use of interviews with key stakeholders and widely distributed surveys, as well as a literature review, this research aimed to gather views of both professional engineers and the decision makers who interacted with them on how the formation, status and impact of engineers in Africa can be improved.

Engineers for Africa summary report (2.63 MB)

Engineers for Africa literature review (1.00 MB)

Engineers for Africa survey analysis (1.16 MB)

Engineers for Africa interviews analysis (626.45 KB)

Engineering education workshop

This workshop took place in Harare, Zimbabwe in November 2011. Delegates discussed opportunities to improve the engineering curricula in African universities and ensure that graduate engineers are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to promote sustainable development and fight poverty. Some 40 teaching professionals, policy makers and other key stakeholders from 11 different sub-Saharan African countries came together to identify the major challenges for engineering education in Africa, to explore ways of improving curricula and to advise the Africa-UK Partnership on how it can support African institutions in making these improvements.

Young professionals workshop

This workshop took place in Gaborone, Botswana from 13 to 16 September 2011. Young engineers from around Africa were gathered together giving them the opportunity to learn from each other, network, discuss different best practices and share their knowledge and experiences. Over the course of the workshop, the 36 delegates participated in a range of sessions on themes such as career development, ethics and opportunities and challenges peculiar to the engineer in Africa.

Rural transport and development workshop

This workshop took place in Arusha, Tanzania on 29 and 30 November 2010. The inhibiting effects of poor road infrastructure on the potential for economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa had been highlighted at  a previous scoping workshop in Pretoria. South Africa. This event brought in senior speakers to share their knowledge and experience with the delegates.

Scoping Workshop, 2010

This workshop took place in Pretoria, South Africa (17 March 2010). This scoping discussion identified the key issues affecting the engineering profession across sub-Sahraran Africa. It gave further support and direction to the planned activities of the Partnership and emphasised the true dearth of engineering capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly within engineering institutions.

Africa-UK Engineering for Development Partnership launch

Two launches were held, one in the UK and one in South Africa. On 28 May 2010 in the presence of Rt Hon Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya, the partnership was launched in London. This followed a launch on 16 March 2010 in South Africa. Professor Peter Guthrie OBE FREng gave an address at the launch, which was also attended by delegates from the Institution of Civil Engineers and engineering institutions from 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.