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Have you ever wondered about sustainable development overseas?
At first glance, the role of western engineers in development may appear to be the identification of solutions, followed by a trip overseas to implement them. Often this takes the form of drilling a well, building a school, or installing a new technology developed in western labs.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) believes that sustainable development requires more than the simple installation of technologies. To have the greatest impact overseas, EWB focus on building capacity rather than the delivery of technological goods. EWB volunteers work in partnership with local organizations already helping communities gain access to appropriate technologies. By strengthening the extent and effectiveness of the organization's response, EWB is helping them become better at helping communities.
Ed Martin, born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, was selected as an EWB long-term overseas volunteer in 2006. He has spent the last year working with organizations in Zambia’s agriculture and appropriate technology sectors to help promote the country’s development. As a member of EWB’s overseas staff, his focus was to build the capacity of the organizations with whom he worked to help them serve Zambia’s population more efficiently and effectively. Ed received his B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Memorial University prior to leaving for Zambia. He is also the founder and former president of the Memorial University chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Join Mr. Martin as he discusses his capacity building role with two Zambian organizations, EWB’s model for overseas impact and the challenges and learning experiences involved in integrating into and working within a developing country.
The event, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., in the S. J. Carew Building lecture theatre, room EN-2006, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Admission is free. Parking is available in Lot 16. All are welcome. Reception will follow.
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