ICE NSW Technical Meeting - Re-engineering Humanitarian Response
Presented by Chris Lee:
The current international humanitarian response system is already failing, and the gap between need and capability is growing. A new approach is needed which can deliver greater humanitarian effect for effort. In particular a much higher level of technical and managerial professionalism is required to ensure that private sector resources are mobilised, directed and supervised to achieve fast, efficient and effective response. Civil engineers have a vital role to play; they have the skills and attitudes which are critically lacking within the current system.
Chris Lee will describe the challenges and limitations of the current UN/NGO based humanitarian system, and present a series of case studies illustrating of how civil engineers can make a significant impact. This provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity, and also an obligation, for those with the required skills, energy and attitude to contribute to creating the humanitarian system needed for the future.