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Engineers Without Borders International

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Engineers Without Borders International (EWB-I)[1] is an association of individual Engineers Without Borders/Ingenieurs Sans Frontieres groups.[2] EWB-I facilitates collaboration and the exchange of information among the member groups. EWB-I helps its member groups develop their capacity to assist underserved communities in their respective countries and around the world.

Organizational structure

EWB-I is a virtual organization with staff located in both the United States and South Africa. EWB-I is run by an international board, composed of representatives of the EWB/ISF groups.

The member groups of EWB-I support the association’s vision for “A sustainable world where engineering enables long-term positive social and global development for the benefit of people and the environment everywhere.” EWB-I seeks to promote collaboration so that collectively we can achieve more than the sum of our parts and fulfill our mission “To be the beating heart of the engineering movement for sustainable global development, building and evolving engineering capacity throughout the world.


Projects conducted by individual EWB/ISF member groups are grassroots and small and are not usually addressed by in-country consulting firms. Through their work and projects, EWB-I member groups contribute to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals[3] (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals[4] (SDGs) through capacity building in their projects. EWB-I also endorses the Earth Charter[5] and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[6]

The EWB Movement-EWB-UK Chief Executive Katie Creswell Maynard talks about the EWB movement and a specific project undertaken by EWB-UK.

International co-ordination

While each member group is fully independent and autonomous, EWB-I provides a platform for its member groups, affiliates, and outside organizations

  • Contribute to meeting the MDGs and SDGs 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 between their members

EWB-International also facilitates the start-up of new groups in the areas where none currently exist. EWB-I consists of member groups, provisional member groups, and start-up groups. Membership requires that all member groups adhere to high professional and ethical standards as stated in the EWB-I Bylaws.

Selected EWB-I member organizations

Engineers Without Borders International is not in any way affiliated with Doctors Without Borders, which is a registered trademark of Bureau International de Medecins Sans Frontieres.

See also


  1. ^ "EWB International | Engineers Without Borders International". EWB International. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  2. ^ "South Africa". EWB International. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  3. ^ "United Nations Millennium Development Goals". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ "Sustainable Development Goals .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  5. ^ "Earth Charter". Earth Charter. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  6. ^ "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
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