Aging in Place: Designing health care for Singapore’s Pioneer Generation

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We are getting older — everyone, all of us — and no one is immune from this condition. Did you know that in Singapore the senior population above 65 years old will grow to more than 900,000 by 2030? In preparation, Singapore’s prime minister recently announced long-term plans to care for this specific senior population, […]

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Planning for aging populations

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According to the United Nations Population Division, globally, the number of older persons (aged 60 years or over) is expected to more than double from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. More health care capacity is required to cater to this increase in demand, not only in terms of […]

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YALI Reflections: A cultural exchange on the Fourth of July

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Photo courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation.  This July Fourth, I was pleased to represent AECOM at the naturalization ceremony held at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop home in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Fellows of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) were special guests at this quintessential American holiday event, when citizens come to observe and celebrate the […]

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The effects of a silver future

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Longevity, in general, will increase through better health care and lifestyle. The challenge that faces us in the future is that we will be supporting an aged population with limited means.   This phenomena of a disproportionately larger elderly population compared to all age groups will be most marked in urban centres as city dwellers tend […]

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YALI Reflections: How my encounter with a Fortune 500 company changed my perspective

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Over the six weeks I spent in the United States at the Presidential Precinct as a Fellow of the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), I gained invaluable knowledge in different subjects. In Uganda, I manage a project on extractives governance that seeks to create opportunities for communities in mining and oil bearing areas […]

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Engineer partners with Engineers Without Borders for an unforgettable experience

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As our truck rolled into the village center, children and adults alike would wave, with wide smiles and yell “Bula!”  This means “hello” in Fijian, and for two weeks, I would hear it from every person I met. I have just returned from an Engineers Without Borders (EWB) project implementation trip to Fiji and will […]

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YALI Reflections: Three ideas to help sustain Africa

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My work at AECOM is almost always very rewarding. When it is best, it involves learning and sharing to help optimize conditions for human development — the end for which sustainability activities and talents of AECOM are the means. This summer, AECOM was a sponsor for more than 20 African leaders in a program originated […]

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Nine things a director of sustainable development vows to change

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Ben Smith, AECOM’s Director of Sustainable Development for Design, Planning & Economics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is committed to change in the next 12 months. Whether it’s growing veggies with his children or studying the ethics of his investments, he’s determined to give it a go. So what sparked this light bulb […]

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