Currently, local companies, supported by international organizations and foreign companies, seek to strengthen the construction industry. Despite the efforts, the industry is still unable, on its own, to meet the country needs. Lack of technical, financial and managerial capabilities make difficult to meet the infrastructure and housing needs of the country.
Through my work with SLCRR programme and along with my team, we are supporting the development of the country by means of rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure, which is key for increasing access for most vulnerable groups to basic services. However, what makes me feel prouder of is the capacity building effort behind all this construction interventions, as part of my job consists of sharing construction international practices and knowledge with the national engineers. When working with UNDP Libya, national stakeholders, such as contractors and engineers, are acquiring international practices and skills, not only in engineering but also in procurement of civil works and equipment.
My message is that increasing the presence of women engineers within the reconstruction scene, in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts, will positively support such capacity building efforts, as I am currently doing in Libya. In addition to help on fighting the gender stereotype, not only in the region, but also within the development sector.