By Caroline Ogutu
It is a misconception that engineers are good at logic, but cannot think creatively. With climate change challenging us, creative thinking is required for civil engineers working in development like me, just as much as for the most creative of professions.
Creativity is a human need, a vital part of our evolution. Admittedly, it’s a bit less of a critical need than water, but development is a kind of evolution of societies and economies. Each time I face a new challenge as a water engineer, I need to come up with a tailor-made solution to deliver water and sanitation to people.
In the African context, every water project is unique and we have to use different approaches to ensure the projects are sustainable and meet the needs of the population.