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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. 

Meet our Futur-neers: Elise McCaul

Meet our Futur-neers: Elise McCaul

Image: UNSW Chapter Co-President, Elise McCaul, presenting a session about her experience delivering Youth Outreach at the 2022 Futur-neers Forum.  As Elise kicked off her first year studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at The University of New South Wales, it...

The challenge that blew his mind: Tim Kuiper

The challenge that blew his mind: Tim Kuiper

As a newly-minted undergrad, Tim Kuiper took a seat in his first class of mechanical engineering at Deakin University. Little did he know, it was a unit that was about to blow his mind. It was 2007. Lizzie Brown, EWB’s Education Officer at the time (who later became...