Humanitarian and International Development Panel

The Humanitarian and International Development Panel seeks to help structural engineers confront the challenges faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world.

The panel identifies specific training needs and informs members of relevant codes and good practice.

It identifies key professional competencies required to work in disaster relief, urban and rural development, resilience planning and other humanitarian activities.

It also maintains contact with relevant charities and UK Government agencies.

 

Structure:
  • Chair
  • Up to 12 other members
  • Corresponding members

 

 

Get involved:

As an experienced practitioner in the humanitarian and international development sector you will work with the panel to provide useful guidance and updates to members working in this area.

You will attend four meetings a year and have full access to all related documents. You will undertake some work between meetings.

Participating in the panel is a great way to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

We invite expressions of interest in panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.

Contact the panel if you have questions about their work. 

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Guidance
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Humanitarian and international development competencies framework

This framework, developed by the Institution’s Humanitarian and International Development Panel, is designed to illustrate the types of skills that structural engineers will require to be successful in the development sector.

Date ‐ 12 July 2021
Price ‐ Free
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RICA – climate-positive design using locally sourced materials

This article describes the climate-positive design for the campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. 

Date ‐ 5 July 2021
Author ‐ James Kitchin, Rosie Goldrick and Kelly Alvarez Doran
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EEFIT Mission Report: Aegean 30 October 2020

This EEFIT Field Mission report details the effects of the Mw6.9 earthquake which struck the Aegean coasts of Greece and Turkey on 30 October 2020.

Date ‐ 19 May 2021
Author ‐ EEFIT
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Guidance
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Working in the humanitarian or development sectors

This article provides a realistic overview of the practical and ethical considerations when seeking to work in the sector.

 

Date ‐ 5 May 2020
Author ‐ Humanitarian and International Development Panel
Price ‐ 0
Guidance
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Humanitarian and international development: FAQs

This evolving series of FAQs provides guidance on considerations when acting in the humanitarian and international development sector.

Date ‐ 5 May 2020
Author ‐ Humanitarian and International Development Panel
Price ‐ Free
Training
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A targeted approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

An introduction to the goals and how structural engineers can use them to tackle the climate crisis and create a better world.

Date ‐ 23 September 2019
Author ‐ Will Arnold
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
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Profile: Tom Newby

Tom Newby has spent the last 14 years forging careers in two fields – structural engineering and humanitarian aid. His dual roles have seen him work in Bath, Haiti, New York, the Philippines, London and Nepal.

Date ‐ 1 August 2019
Author ‐ Jackie Whitelaw
Price ‐ £0

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