ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Engineers Without Borders was initially founded in France in the 1980′s (as Ingénieurs Sans Frontiers). Since then many countries throughout the world have founded their own branches. Each EWB national group has developed independently and many are not formally affiliated with each other. Each group does however share the same common principle of promoting sustainable development through engineering.
Engineers Without Borders – International (EWB-I) is an international federation of national Engineers Without Borders/ Ingeneiurs Sans Frontiers (EWB/ISF) Member Associations whose mission is to facilitate collaboration, exchange of information, and assistance among its member groups. EWB-I helps its Member Associations develop their capacity to assist poor communities in poor countries.
The Member Associations of EWB-I share a similar mission, which is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through education and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while promoting global experience for engineers, engineering students, and similarly motivated non-engineers. EWB-I creates links between like-minded organizations and cuts across national borders.
Projects coordinated by individual EWB/ISF member groups are grassroots and small and benefit poor people in poor countries. It is a matter of policy that prior to taking on projects, EWB-I member groups make sure that they are not competing with private engineering firms.
EWB-I member groups and partner organizations contribute to meeting the through capacity building in their projects. EWB-I endorses the
EWB-I provides a unique platform for its member groups, affiliates,
and outside organizations to:
and outside organizations to:
· Create a new generation of global engineers
· Contribute to meeting the MDGs through capacity building in local projects
· Collaborate on projects and studies worldwide
· Share ideas, experiences, technical knowledge, and documentation
· Develop partnerships on community projects
· Address more global issues and projects
· Coordinate student exchanges, internships, and professional volunteers
· Advertise meetings and events
· Train and connect engineering professionals and students around the world
· Create synergy among their members
Engineers Without Borders – International facilitates links and collaboration among its member groups toward improving the quality of life of disadvantaged communities worldwide through education and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while promoting new dimensions of experience for engineers, engineering students, and similarly motivated non-engineers.
The vision of Engineers without Borders – International is to be recognized and respected as an international organization whose members deliver sustainable solutions to developing communities worldwide and make use of their diverse technical expertise to solve critical problems affecting the health of our planet.
We believe in change that can contribute positively to communities; change that started now will provide new solutions over time; and change that can interrupt the cycle of poverty.
who define the development projects and contribute to ensuring ownership, appropriateness, and long-term effectiveness; people who can solve their own problems.
with a broad cadre of institutional, academic, development, and engineering organizations that are willing to assist in building toward a more equitable and sustainable world.
that are symbiotic with the environment, society, and culture and build capacity for people to solve their own problems.
that develops a new generation of engineers, who will benefit from seeing the many facets of engineering solutions to problems in developing communities, beyond the technical skills obtained in their basic education; and in the education of host-community partners.
that require the highest level of integrity; ethics that promote honesty, communication, and forthright disclosure; ethics that promote human dignity, value, and respect of diversity; ethics that promote social responsibility and appropriate action; ethics that promote fairness and equitable distribution of time, effort, and resources; ethics that promote responsibility to share skills and resources; and ethics that recognize that people should not be exploited in any form whatsoever.
EWB-I member groups and partner organizations contribute to meeting the Millennium development Goals (MDG) through capacity building in their projects. EWB-I endorses the Universal Declaration of Human Right.
Alternative energy, water, sanitation/ health, agriculture /food security, education, shelter are the fields of action of EWB.
This post is updated by
MD. MOSHIUR RAHMAN MISU SHAH