We identify, encourage, and equip talented leaders to lift the collective prospects of our planet.
If we tackle poverty where it is most prevalent and urgent, we can accelerate the pace of change to end poverty and inequality in our lifetime. Fewer people live in poverty today than ever before in human history. However, in sub-Saharan Africa, poverty has doubled, with 413 million people living on less than US$1.90 a day. It is soon to have the youngest and largest workforce (450 million people) in the world, with over half of the population living in poverty.
Since our start in 2000, EWB has worked toward a world without poverty and inequality where it is most prevalent. We have focused on creating opportunity and access for those living in conditions of poverty. To solve problems within social, economic and political systems that are inextricably linked.
In order to advance inclusive innovations, we have built diversity into our approach. Today, EWB invites and empowers engineers and non-engineers who value collaboration and cooperation to cross-breed solutions to poverty and inequality.
We aim to converge design thinking with systems thinking and elevate our collective passion to create sustainable and inclusive economies.
Through our leadership curriculum and Fellowships, EWB offers immersive experiences in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa to launch future shapers equipped to understand and re-engineer complex social systems.
By investing in the economic and social prosperity of emerging economies, and championing values that create inclusion, equality and sustainability, we can inspire development behaviour to help the international community end intergenerational poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.