Introducing EWB-USA 2.0: Shifting Course for Greater Impact

The dawning of a new year offers an opportunity for renewed commitment to our vision of a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs. Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is more determined than ever to keep harnessing the skills of the engineering community to build the infrastructure that can help lift millions out of poverty.

As we kickoff 2018, we have exciting news to share about changes we’re making to boost progress toward that commitment: we are shifting how and where we work by moving to a field-driven approach to development.

Over our 15-year history, EWB-USA has accepted requests for support from all corners of the globe. We have partnered with hundreds of communities all over the world to meet their basic human needs and exhibited a readiness to accept requests for help from any community, anywhere.

That approach to international development has evolved as we’ve learned and grown, and our new path forward starts today.

Global indices ranking of countries’ wealth and capacity affirm that all countries are not equally in need of our support. We’re narrowing our focus to target the countries that need our help most. This will ensure that we’re not displacing work for engineers in countries that have that capacity or are on track to have it in the next few years.

As of January 1, 2018, EWB-USA’s International Community Program will accept requests for services from these countries:

Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Please note: As we undertake this change to where we will focus our assistance, EWB-USA will keep all current commitments to communities and the volunteers working with those communities.  

We are going deeper, not wider, by moving to a field-driven approach. This concentrated effort allows for the implementation of projects that scale and replicate — an ideal that we have not been able to achieve with our past method of operation. Country offices staffed with experts, such as our current field operations in Guatemala and Nicaragua, will guide our programming in the future. By 2020, we plan to have five country offices open, and will continue with that expansion for many years to come. Stay tuned: later this week we’ll be announcing the next location we’re opening in 2018!

We believe that greater impact for our hundreds of partner communities and 16,800+ volunteers will be achieved by moving towards this more strategic and focused approach to how we work and where we work. We hope you, too, share our enthusiasm for this new direction and keep following along to see what’s possible when we unleash great minds on great challenges.

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Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.