December 06, 2006 10:39 ET

CIDA: Canada Supports Innovative Work of Engineers Without Borders

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages, announced that Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will receive $940,000 to send 25 young Canadian engineers to work in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Zambia and Malawi. EWB volunteers work as management consultants with partner organizations, helping people increase their administrative and managerial skills.

"Engineers Without Borders is the first new Volunteer Cooperation Agency to be funded under an enhanced voluntary sector program, which I announced last June," said Minister Verner. "This contribution to EWB will benefit low-income farming families, many of which are headed by women."

EWB partners with developing country organizations that are already helping people in their local communities. Partners include government departments, local and international non-government organizations who provide assistance in the areas of water and sanitation; food processing and agriculture; energy; and information and communication technology.

"EWB is delighted to be recognised as a Volunteer Cooperation Agency by the Canadian International Development Agency, furthering our poverty reduction programs overseas and our public engagement programs in Canada," said Parker Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of EWB. "We believe that development requires more than simply installing a well, building a school or a new lab. Our focus is building on what people already know and do."

The Minister met with the Voluntary Cooperation Agencies yesterday in Ottawa as part of International Volunteer Day.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister for International Cooperation
    Nicole Lascelle
    Director of communications
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534 (electronic version of document)