The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Engineering Against Poverty (EAP), RedR and Engineering Without Borders (EWB) have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding to promote a collaborative approach to aiding communities in need.
Basic infrastructure underpins our quality of life, drives economic development and enables societies to function effectively. Access to clean water, sewage systems and food and supplies via reliable transport networks is key to addressing poverty. However it is estimated that globally more than 1 billion people lack access to roads, 1.2 billion do not have safe drinking water, 2.3 billion have no reliable sources of energy, and 2.4 billion lack sanitation facilities .
The four international bodies share a common mission — to respond to communities in need, to fight poverty, to promote sustainable development and to provide a better life for all people. By signing the memorandum they hope to increase the contribution, and further promote the role of engineering, technology and innovation in achieving this mission.
The three objectives of the agreement are:
- To develop engineering, technology and innovation capabilities to respond to communities in need, to fight poverty, to promote sustainable development and to provide a better life for all people.
- To engage with government, industry and civil society to increase awareness of the positive and far-reaching impact of engineering, technology and innovation in the development of society.
- To promote internationally accepted good practice in terms of conduct, integrity, ethics, engineering standards and care for people and the environment.