Engineers Without Borders (EWB) believes that poverty is the product of broken systems that prevent people from realizing their full potential. Beating poverty means making those systems work.
EWB is doing exactly that. We invest in people—smart systems changers, and we incubate the systemic innovations that they create to accelerate rural African development. It’s not about projects. It’s not about technology. It’s about people working with people to create lasting, scalable change that unlocks human potential.
In Canada, EWB is taking action to promote better government policy with regards to our aid money and it’s effectiveness. We are engaging youth through enabling them to build the skills, confidence and knowledge required to create positive change. We are spreading the word about ethical consumption choices and helping consumers make the connection between everyday decisions and poverty eradication. We are working to engage the engineering profession in worldly issues in order to enable the profession to create global social good.
In Africa, EWB is pioneering sophisticated responses to complex development challenges. EWB volunteers work with our overseas institutional partners – governments, development organizations and private enterprises – to identify practical and long-term solutions to poverty. By focusing on the needs of rural communities, we are improving access to clean water and critical infrastructure, increasing farmers’ yields, and supporting business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.