The International Conference on Engineering and Food Security in Africa
The International conference on “Engineering and Food Security in Africa”, held in Tunis, Tunisia, 24-25 June 2019, was organised by the Order of Tunisian Engineers, an important national member of WFEO, with support from the Committee on Engineering and the Environment, and under the patronage of UNESCO.
The conference on Engineering and Food Security in Africa focussed on two important UN Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 2 “Zero hunger” and Goal 12 “Sustainable consumption and production”
African Engineering Week
Every year is held the African Engineering Week, co-sponsored by WFEO and UNESCO. WFEO national members for South Africa (2014), Zimbabwe (2015), Nigeria (2016), Rwanda (2017) and Kenya (2018) hosted and organized the last ones with FAEO support.
The next African Engineering Week will take place in Livingstone, Zambia from 15 to 21 September, 2019.
The Institution of Engineers Kenya (IEK) hosted the 5th African Engineering Conference in Mombasa, Kenya, between 17 and 21 September 2018.
The Theme of the Conference, “Harnessing Blue Economy for Accelerated Economic Growth”, was in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 on life in the sea.
The Conference registered over 650 participants from 17 countries, therefore making it the largest Engineering conference ever held in Kenya.
The First African Women Engineers Forum (AWEF) organized by the Committee for Women in Engineering (WIE) of the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) was held on 17th September 2018 at Pride-Inn Paradise, Mombasa, Kenya during the 5th Africa Engineering Conference (AEW) hosted by the Institution of Engineers Kenya (IEK) in Mombasa.
The programme theme was “African Women in Engineering: Innovation and Community Sustainability”.
The programme had 107 Women Engineers in attendance from eight countries and two internationals from Lebanon and Colombia.
In 2017 in Kigali, WFEO has endorsed the theme “Effective Waste Management in Africa” which gives a clarion call for Africa to leap frog in its waste management and infrastructure delivery programmes to solve the challenges faced as a continent. Waste management is of major interest to WFEO especially the management of the disposal of industrial and mining waste and electronic gadgets dumping.
WFEO has 18 national members in Sub-Saharan Africa Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and one international member: the FAEO (Federation of African Engineering Organizations).
Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe, are currently host of a Standing Technical Committee: respectively: Capacity Building, Anti-corruption and Women in Engineering, and, as such, their chairs are members of WFEO Executive Council.
Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO), as international member, headquartered in Nigeria, also has a seat at the Executive Council.
The 2014 WFEO World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure was held in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted by the Nigeria Society of Engineers, and welcomed by the Nigerian government.
Access to water program: Hydrology training in Africa in partnership with UNESCO
As an international NGO with official partnership with UNESCO, WFEO is active in the NGO/UNESCO hydrology project, a program launched in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, at the Forum on Access to Water for All in Africa in 2014.
The project has resulted in a first call for projects in 2016, with the selection of NGOs from three countries (Congo DR, Ivory Coast and Madagascar), in order to fund the enrollment of 14 of their members in the 2IE hydrology school in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The program was renewed for 2017 for six countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo).
Opening day of the hydrology training course at the 2IE school in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, February 2017
Turning Promises into action: a second successful Promotion in the spring of 2019
A second promotion funded by the “UNESCO Participation Program” has been successfully formed this spring in Ouagadougou: 30 people from 6 countries: Niger, Chad, Togo, Senegal, Cameroon and Burkina Faso, including 15 women and 15 men, attended the 3-week Technical Course at Centre 2IE, the International Institute of water and Environmental Engineering in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
Based on local NGOs with water access projects (new wells, irrigation, sanitation and latrines), the selected trainees took theoretical and practical courses in hydrology. They will make an initial assessment of the progress of their project within 6 months.
Capacity Building for Engineering in Africa
The purpose of this event, held on 31 January 2019, was to provide UNESCO member nation delegations from Africa with information on the work of WFEO in relation to engineering. In particular, the goal was to show the work of WFEO and the strategic objective of WFEO to support the nation building aspirations of African nations.
The event was convened by the Africa Working Group on Natural Sciences at UNESCO, which is Chaired by the delegation from Namibia. Attendees were from English and French speaking member delegations from Africa.
For more information about WFEO involvement in Africa:
The Abuja Declaration – December 2013
In December 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, WFEO and the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) signed the Abuja Declaration, stating long-term goals for engineering in Africa, and the need for professional engineering corps and good infrastructures to: “…attaining the Millennium Development Goals, (…) assist in improving the functioning of professional engineering organizations in Africa, assist countries where there are no professional engineering organizations in creating such organizations, set up a Task Team to achieve the above goals, and combine their efforts to provide funding for this purpose.”