Despite much progress in the field of international development, humanity continues to face tremendous global challenges. Water problems such as access to safe drinking water and reliable sanitation affect about half of the world’s population. Nearly 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. Two point six billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. An even more disturbing fact is that unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and lack of hygiene claim the lives of 1.6 million children under the age of five every year.
The world’s energy story isn’t much better. About 1.4 billion people lack access to direct electricity. Two point seven billion people still rely on traditional cooking methods utilizing biomass energy. We all know that cooking shouldn’t kill. But it is estimated that the household air pollution resulting from biomass use will result in more than 1.5 million deaths per year by 2030.
These statistics reveal a dire reality, but there’s still good news to share.
Partnering with NGOs for WASH Projects part 2 of 3 Engineers Without Boarders
OUR WORLD TODAY
Build stronger communities Build stronger global leaders
This engagement teaches soft skills, such as:
• Project Management
• Cross-cultural Communication
• Systems Thinking
We build stronger communities by empowering
them with the capacity to meet their basic
EWB-USA’s members collaborate with local
partners to design and build sustainable
From classroom to field, we offer our
members transformative experiences that
enrich global perspectives and produce better
students and better employees.
HOW WE ENGINEER
EWB-USA members implement 450 projects around the world in seven disciplines.
HOW WE ENGINEER
Snapshot of a Program
EWB-USA programs originate with a community self-identifying their needs and requesting
support from EWB-USA. Our members work with the community to assess, design, implement and
monitor appropriate solutions.
EWB-USA programs bring together multiple partners to accomplish what is needed. Typically, there
is the EWB-USA chapter, the community, a local community based organization, a municipality, and
others such as Rotary and Peace Corps.
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PARTNERING WITH EWB-USA
Top 10 Best Practices
1. Define Motivations for Partnering – Be
Honest and Clear.
2. Define Success for the Overall Project
and for Each Partner.
3. Define the Roles and Expectations of
Each Partner. Process Expectations.
4. Be Clear on the Communication Flow.
5. Be Clear on the Timeline of the Project.
6. Start Small and Build to Success.
7. Talk about how to Handle Conflict
BEFORE it Happens.
8. Talk about how to Onboard other
9. Talk about how to Celebrate Success and
how to Honor Each Other.
10. Be Flexible.