Engineering for Development
In line with the growing demand for double-bottom line returns from investments made in the social sector, Interface supports clients to identify and adopt engineering solutions that impact positively and sustainably on broader development outcomes. We provide advice on the optimal and most cost effective use of technology, justify investments both financially and in socio-economic terms, and show the links to potential wider socio-political and institutional impacts.
Our approach and examples of our work
As an example, Interface supported Oxfam GB Uganda to explore the feasibility of establishing a sustainable, well managed, inclusive and empowering public-service orientated radio service for northern Karamoja, an area of high income poverty, poor basic infrastructure, limited access to public services and a harsh physical environment. The optimum solution required a comprehensive understanding of the technical issues, legal and regulatory environment and the prevailing governance and socio-economic context.
Interface’s typical approach on such projects incorporates comprehensive consultation of key stakeholders and the establishment of strategies that ensure their full engagement and involvement in programme design and implementation as well as building feedback and quality control mechanisms into programme implementation.