Thematic Areas


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

FH Designs specialises in WASH and collectively our consultants have experience in all aspects of design, management, monitoring and implementation of WASH projects and programmes in many countries. FHDesigns' two directors, Paul and Matt, are both WASH engineers who have worked in the field in both humanitarian emergency responses and long term development WASH programmes. Joanna and Claire are both gender specialists with extensive experience incorporating gender into WASH programmes in East Timor and several other countries in South East Asia and the Pacific. With a solid grounding in practical WASH, FHDesigns in recent years has been involved in program design for several NGOs, peer review, monitoring and evaluation of both NGO and AusAID programs and is currently leading a 4 country study on the sustainability of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) for Plan International.

Ross has designed training systems, produced training manuals, and trained WASH practitioners at different levels for national WASH development programs in East Timor, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

Ross has conducted CLTS training for facilitators in Angola, Botswana, East Timor, Namibia, and South Sudan, and produced CLTS manuals for Ghana and East Timor; and participated in the ODF Sustainability Study.


The two directors of FH Designs are both engineers with a background and interest in infrastructure. Whilst more recently we have specialised in WASH, our interest in infrastructure generally has not diminished; Paul recently managed a community infrastructure program in East Timor for the UNDP (the SERC Program) which used the provision of small, community driven infrastructure projects to build social cohesion following the crises of 2006 and 2007 (click here for more details of this program).


FH Design's two directors are both senior engineers with a long interest in renewable energy. Most of their engagement in renewable energy has been in the domestic sector in Australia. From an international development perspective, significant activities include a research project into rural electrification in East Timor and design of solar PV systems for rural water supply schemes. Matt and Paul also designed project for rural electrification using coconut oil for the World Bank's Development Market Place scheme. The project was short-listed for funding and presented at the Development Market Place Expo in Washington DC. The research into rural electrification in East Timor, for which Matt was awarded a PhD, examined the development impact of different sized solar home lighting systems (10 Wp, 40 Wp and 80 Wp). Ancillary research included analysis of policy settings for encouraging the use of solar PV for rural electrification and a comparison of consumer preferences for fixed, solar home systems to portable solar lanterns.

Gender and Social Inclusion

FH Designs has a combined 24 years experience delivering solutions in the area of gender equality, social inclusion and women's empowerment in a development context. The team's specialist skills include gender analysis and programing, training, research, monitoring tool development, and evaluation of gender and inclusion issues at both the national and community level. Working across a range of country contexts (Timor Leste, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and Nicaragua), FH Design's consultants have progressed gender and social inclusion outcomes within programs focusing on economic development, rural livelihoods, governance, leadership, safety and security, peacebuilding, women's empowerment and ICT.


Ross has worked on HIV/AIDS since 1990, working on AIDS education and research projects in Botswana, and helping to set up an AIDS NGO. Starting in 2000 he began to work on the issue of HIV stigma and discrimination, and this has become his major focus in the HIV field over the last 14 years. In 2000-02 he worked as a training consultant on the first major research project on HIV stigma, a three country study covering Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Based on the results of this research he wrote a toolkit describing a participatory educational approach for reducing stigma and discrimination, which is now used all over the world (2003). He conducted TOT workshops for trainers in ten African countries, five Asian countries, and three Caribbean countries to orient them on the use of the toolkit (2003-13). In Cambodia, Caribbean, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam he produced adapted versions of the stigma toolkit and designed stigma reduction projects for communities, health workers, and marginalized groups (2003-15).