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Principles to reduce poverty

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Engineering principles for development and poverty reduction:

1. Focus on community health, wellbeing, food security, education and skills, gender equality, empowerment and livelihoods.

2. Support sustainable development.

3. Meet the needs of all.

4. Engage and develop the skills, talents and knowledge of all sectors of society.

5. Support the development of local skills.

6. Use appropriate standards.

7. Be pro-active and use appropriate partnerships and contracts, with inbuilt pro-poor and social goals.

8. Ensure transparent funding.

9. Ensure effective maintenance and protection of outcomes, services and infrastructure.

10. Encourage local and international support These principles have evolved since the first draft last year.

EWF chairman Paul Jowitt now wants to upscale the initiative. While water supply to a few villages changes the lives of hundreds of people, the strategies should be spread more widely, linking all aid agencies and aid projects, he says.

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