Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders UK is an organisation that creates massive small change by empowering thousands of new engineers to remove barriers to human development.
Engineers Without Borders' approach puts students and young professionals at the centre of their operations, providing them with resources and contact to help them become development professionals. Their approach focuses on:
Holistic Engineering - working with an interdisciplinary approach that takes into consideration the local knowledge, economy, culture and environment.
Active Partnerships - building long term relationships and work in collaboration with communities and local organisations
People Participation - they believe in demand-led development and participatory change.
Small Footprint - they want to adopt a sustainable use of natural resources and minimise any impact to the local environment, biodiversity or global climate.
Appropriate Technology - they adapt existing low-risk technology and apply modern engineering methods.
The aims of the Manchester committee are to organise outreach to local schools to promote engineering and awareness of international development issues; design and test projects; hold events, talks and research for members and to liase with the national organisation in order to work with other branches and to advertise and subsidise trips to training events across the country.
This year, EWB - Manchester are working on a wind turbine design and make project and are expanding rapidly while giving their members the opportunity to learn about and get involved with development issues.
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