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Our Impact

EWB Australia works towards creating positive change to improve the quality of life for communities.

Our Story

Countries we have worked in

Community organisation partners

SDGs contributing to

International field professionals

University research projects

University students participated in Design Summit since 2015

University engineering students participating in the Challenge program

Global Issues

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

  • 785 million people remain without even basic drinking water services (2017)

  • 2 out of 5 people worldwide do not have a basic handwashing facility with soap and water at home (2017)
  • 40% of primary schools in least-developed countries have basic handwashing facilities 
  • 600 million children do not have basic sanitation services at school
  • 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress
  • 673 million people still practise open defecation 

Inclusiveness and Equality

  • 80% of people with a disability live in poverty 
  • 12% of engineers working in Australia are women 
  • 40% of the world’s girls and women (1.4 billion) live in countries failing on gender equality
  • 39% of women make up the global workforce, but only 27% are in managerial positions
  • It is estimated that the global gender gap will close in 108 years
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in 80% of households (who lack access to water on-premises)

Energy and Sustainability

  • 3 billion people lack clean cooking fuels and technology
  • Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 deaths
  • 2 billion people do not have access to waste collection services

Climate Change and People Movement

  • An estimated 1.3 million lives have been lost between 1998 and 2017 as a result of climate-related and geophysical disasters 
  • Over 70 million have been forced to flee their homes (37,000 per day)

Stories of Change

EWB Australia works with highly skilled and passionate individuals and organisations in Australia and overseas. Read their stories of partnership and collaboration, demonstrating the many ways EWB Australia is having positive social impact. 

Stories from the field – Daniel Pires

Stories from the field – Daniel Pires

The Amazon River contains one-fifth of the world's surface-level water. With two-thirds of the river snaking through Brazil, the sheer mass of water would appear to support a flourishing ecosystem and the citizens of Brazil’s sprawling cities. However, a mix of city...

Sparking Curiosity In Future Engineers

Sparking Curiosity In Future Engineers

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) has teamed up with long-time, corporate friend, Bentley Systems, to spark curiosity in future engineering students through the delivery of the Innovation Challenge (22nd - 24th November 2021). Andria Zanotto is an EWB...

Regioneering in the west

Regioneering in the west

In June 2021, thirteen EWB volunteers from West Australian Chapters took a four-car convoy for a week-long trip, ‘regioneering’ their way through the state’s south-west. EWB's Regioneering program aims to inspire students in remote areas to explore engineering and...