ENGINEERS AGAINST Poverty (EAP) is launching a fresh initiative in sub-Saharan Africa by signing an agreement with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE).
Under a memorandum of understanding signed on 1 January, SAICE will offer guidance to EAP to help it structure its work programmes more effectively.
UK ICE and Institution of Mechanical Engineers members are closely involved in EAP projects.
EAP wants to be more active in the poorest sub-Saharan African countries, which are falling behind the United Nations' illennium Development Goal targets, said director Petter Matthews.
The UN aims to halve the number of people living on less than $1 a day by 2015. At the current rate of progress this would take 150 years.
'To date most of our work has been in South East Asia, ' said Matthews.
'We are looking for opportunities to get involved in Africa.
The agreement will be especially useful for making contacts with other professional institutions in the poorer countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.' Matthews added he was particularly keen to make contacts within the Africa Engineers Forum (AEF) made up of eight professional institutions in the poorest parts of Africa.
'We need to link up to their network to make contacts in industry.' EAP plans to visit South Africa in the spring, when it hopes to address a meeting of the AEF.
EAP established links with mining giant Anglo-American in South Africa when its chairman, Sir Mark Moody-Stewart, spoke at its autumn conference. It wants to forge links with other South African consulting engineers to organise programmes on the ground.