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Engineers and Humanitarian Emergencies How we can help


• Experience in Africa • What engineers can offer • How to work with international organisations • What it’s like being deployed by RedR Australia • What you can do to help • Engineering roles are in demand • Experience in other countries


Lessons learnt: • • • • •

With UNWFP in Liberia With UNWFP in Somalia With UNHCR in South Lebanon In the Maldives after the tsunami With UNHCR in Ingushetia & Chechnya


Somalia – not an easy place to manage projects

build warehousing refurbish wharves repair roads repair bridges dredge harbours secure compounds


Special Operations Ports & Road Rehabilitation

WFP Somalia


Before

After


Logistics & travel UNHAS


Security not only for people


Mog.warehouse basement excavation


Liberia – a bit easier to manage projects

• • • •

Define the task Collect data needed Locate resources Execute the work


roads


bridges


bottlenecks


What engineers bring to humanitarian aid


Working with other organisations NGO’s Host governments Government ministries other UN agencies other organisations


On mission with RedR Australia My minimum equipment list: unlocked telephone GPS GPS data logger EPIRB torch camera for copying first aid emergency cash & emergency water


FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEPLOYMENT: • Effortless technical competence • Make good decisions from incomplete information • Lead from behind • Compromise, as parties will have mutually exclusive needs • Keep sight of a shifting target • Stay optimistic


Transport

Monrovia


Somalia


Maldives

Somalia


Maldives


Somalia

Syria


Somalia

Maldives


Somalia


Liberia


What you can do • Join RedR Australia • Support those helping RedR • Talk to people


Some roles needed by UN: • • • • •

Shelter GIS Logistics Project management Comms


Other aid crises After the second Russia/Chechnya war:


security


comms


water

shelter


IDP’s


Maintain control


Hot food for 3000 IDP’s.


Stress


Food, water, shelter‌.privacy, security..


Plan for people and their possessions


Never underestimate people


65,000 sheets of asbestos cement roofing


Negotiation


Part of a team

the field


Maldives


Two of a thousand islands


Local supply can be problematic


No work without negotation


Coral-free housing


Beirut


Southern Lebanon


Where to start


A drop in the ocean, but every drop counts

Engineers and Humanitarian Emergencies  

Presentation delivered at the Year of Humanitarian Engineering Workshop in Melbourne, 18 October

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