EWB Resources

Design Considerations


Below is a list of considerations we recommend you factor into your project to ensure it is appropriate to the context. You might ask yourself these questions a few times throughout the design process – it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers in week one!


  1. Sustainability of design – Consider the long-term sustainability of your project proposal. What measures could be put in place to ensure the successful continuation into the future?
  2. Impacts to the community – What impact will your design have on members of the community? Who are your key stakeholders? Is there anyone you haven’t included?
  3. Cultural and social factors – Does your design align with or celebrate the cultural and social practices of people who live and work in Suco Holarua?
  4. Community engagement – How would you propose that WaterAid, EWB, and/or LBF engage and consult the community throughout the project? Think about the initial design right through to implementation. What avenues are there for community members to become involved?
  5. Environment – What impact, both positive and negative, will your design have on the local environment? What measures can you put in place to mitigate any negative impacts?
  6. Cost and economic benefits – What is an estimated cost of the project, i.e. initial costs, material costs, implementation, operation/program delivery costs, and maintenance costs? Consider if there are any potential economic benefits to the community which could result from the project.
  7. Technical design – Is the technical design the most appropriate for the community? Take the time to show what alternatives were considered and why you are proposing your design as the most appropriate. Previous EWB Challenges show that the most successful designs are often ones that are simple in design and can be implemented / prototyped (tested) rapidly in the community.
  8. Materials – It is recommended to use locally available materials that are culturally acceptable and environmentally friendly wherever possible. Transportation of project materials and availability of materials which might be required for future maintenance are a significant considerations for projects in Timor-Leste. Where might your proposed materials be sourced from?
  9. Construction / Implementation and ongoing running of the program – Who might construct and/or implement the project? Are you able to engage local residents or organisations?


You are encouraged to include a response to each of the above in the design proposal submitted for any of the EWB Challenge Series programs.


Program Rubrics

Each of the Challenges have a rubric to assist external assosors review your work consistently. Each of the rubrics are listed below for your reference.