Navigating Unprecedented Times
2019 is a year that tested our resilience as an organization and challenged our resolve. It was a difficult year that strained us as a community and forced us to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. We’ve increased our discussions on safeguarding, evaluating the ways our programs function and proceed to sustain trust and continuity with our community. Most recently our organization has had to fundamentally rethink how we fulfill programming so that we can continue to deliver our core mission during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although 2019 was taxing for the organization, both in spirit and finances, we have been able to rally together to achieve success in our programs. There is much to celebrate.
In 2019 we have established new insights and tested new approaches in monitoring and evaluation to better understand the ways that our work makes a difference. We piloted Transformative Evaluation as a methodology to assess the impact of EWB ventures. Our work provided data and thought leadership to the international development community with a dedicated toolkit. Our efforts on impact evaluation will continue in 2020. We would not be able to do leading-edge impact evaluation work without your support. Thank you.
We worked with our Chapter members across the country to engage elected leaders, to create local impact and local outreach, and to invest in Canada’s future leaders, some of whom you will meet in this report. We are grateful for the support of many donors, EWB alumni as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for making this work possible.
Staying true to our core values, EWB works best when we adjust, listen, and develop from the ground up. This year after a comprehensive and detailed review of finances and operations, and in response to new pandemic related risks, we were faced with the conclusion that the only way to preserve the sustainability and viability of the organization was to restructure our team and programming.
As we look back at 2019 let’s take all these lessons into 2020 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Thank you for your continued dedication to Engineers Without Borders.
Boris Martin – CEO, EWB Canada