2016 EWB Challenge Awards

The 2016 EWB Challenge partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) field office in Zambia. The program was focused on UNHCR's work in the Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement, in the Kaoma District of Zambia's Western Province.

Mayukwayukwa is one of two main refugee settlements in Zambia and, at the time, was home to over 11,000 refugees. In 2011, the Government of the Republic of Zambia pledged to locally integrate approximately 10,000 former Angolan refugees, and followed this by committing to 4,000 former Rwandan refugees in 2013. This Local Integration (LI) Program meant that these refugees would be able to permanently settle in Zambia. As part of LI, a resettlement area was designated adjacent to the current Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement in which former refugees could receive land to establish permanent livelihoods.

The 2016 EWB Challenge looked at developing engineering and technical solutions to assist with this integration and the creation and/or support of sustainable livelihoods, engaging with former refugees in the resettlement area, current refugees in the Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement, and/or the local Zambian host communities.

To read more about the 2016 Showcase Event, visit this blog on the EWB Australia website.


Awards at the EWB Challenge Finalist Showcase

EWB Challenge Champion Team Award for best overall student project: Charles Sturt University

Report: Creating a Composting Solution

BHP Billiton Award for best sustainable design and community development project: University of Melbourne

Report: H.E.R.: Health, Empowerment, and Respect for the Women of Mayukwayukwa

People's Choice Award, voted on by participants at the event: University of Melbourne, H.E.R.


All Finalists

Central Queensland University: Shelter

Charles Sturt University: Creating a Composting Solution

Flinders University: Improving Soil Quality with Biochar

RMIT: the Zeer Pot Project

University of Adelaide: A Composting Program to Manage Organic Waste

University of Canberra: Computers for Schools

University of Canterbury: The Efficient Preservation of Food

University of Melbourne: H.E.R.

University of New South Wales: A Solution for Iron Concentration in Water

University of the Sunshine Coast: Riding Toward a Sustainable Future

University of Sydney: Lifasi Learning and SHAKA Irrigation

University of Queensland: Yellow-water Reuse

University of Western Australia: A Solution to Plastic Bottle Waste and Pit Latrine Collapse