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					EWB Revisited
5 Years of Operation
2001-2006




Tom Newby
Ruvan Mendis
EWB-UK Trustees
History
• Not a new idea

•   France – 1970s
•   Spain – 1980s
•   Canada – 2000
•   UK – 2001
•   USA - 2001

The organisations are similar, but with different
  focus and structures.

EWB International is not universally
  recognised.
Why?
• Students want to get stuck in – they want to use the skills and time they
  have. EWB-UK was established to provide opportunities and use and
  channel the skills and enthusiasm.

• Engineering is the key to health, dignity and livelihoods. EWB-UK
  seeks to increase the capacity and quality of international development
  engineering.
EWB-UK 2001/02:
   finding its feet
• EWB-UK started in the graduate union bar in Cambridge in 2001
   – Initiated by Parker Mitchell
   – Lead by Sarah Hindle and Richard Sargeant

• First placement in Pondicherry, India: Claire Grisaffi & Henry Travers

• A student society and loose membership of around 20

• The values and principles of EWB-UK emerged
Founding Principles

•   EWB-UK is careful and responsible – we must not do damage
     – EWB-UK is not operational
     – EWB-UK does not use students beyond their capabilities, and supports all
       its work with professionals

•   EWB-UK is as professional as any organisation not run by students

•   EWB-UK is student-led

•   EWB-UK is fun and inspirational

•   EWB-UK does – it is not a talking shop

•   EWB-UK keeps asking questions of itself
EWB-UK 2002 - 2005:
   the idea takes off
• Continual growth

• Training courses, bursaries, research programmes

• New branches – large, but still informal, membership

• EWB-UK establishes itself as a highly professional outfit – what it does,
  it does well.

• Better defined and better thought out mission, aims and objectives
EWB-UK Now:
   grown up - nearly
• EWB-UK is an adolescent:
   – Strong structure
     (trustees, formal membership, website, exec, branches)
   – Clear aims and objectives – still based on those founding principles
   – Real capacity
   – Real recognition
   – Huge potential

• A lot to do:
   – Scaling up to achieve potential
   – Engineering education
   – Millennium Development Goals
What has changed

• We are more ambitious:
  – Supporting bigger projects
  – Challenging the engineering world
  – Our voice matters – and it is growing

• Our work is better:
   – Programme projects are better chosen and better carried out

• We are in a precarious place:
  – Not sufficient administrative or fundraising capacity
  – Too much to do, and the more we do, the more the risk
  – We must work as one organisation, despite the frustrations
Mission


   To facilitate human
  development through
       engineering
Programmes
             Placements

              Research

             Bursaries

              Training

             Education
Placements
• The idea is to give students a ‘first taste’ of development work
   – Students want to put their skills to real use helping the developing
     world
   – Students return with concrete understanding of the issues faced by
     communities across the world
   – Well funded by EWB

• NGO’s gain skills and knowledge that would not normally be at their
  disposal

• Communities see the benefits of projects that have been accelerated
  and/or better implemented through the input of our students
 Placements 2002-2003
 Small but steady

• Placements in two countries - India and Honduras

• NGOs at different ends of the spectrum

• Already a good variety of project work

• Many lessons learned
 Placements 2004
 Things take off

• Placements in more countries
   – New projects in Nepal, Ecuador and the UK

• Biggest change is in application number and quality
   – Almost 200 applications for 25 placement spots

• Starting new relationships with internationally recognised organisations

• Austen Bradbury - first year long placement

• Administering the scheme becomes a lot more involved
 Placements 2005
 We go properly global
• Big growth in the scheme again – this year 36 students are awarded
  placements

• Placements in 7 new countries, as existing relationships continue to
  flourish
    – Spain, Suriname, Brazil, Rwanda, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Malaysia

• Placements for every kind of engineer, and opportunities for students
  from other disciplines as well

• Recruitment procedure vastly improved
   – better application screening
   – input from branches
   – full interview panels involving professionals
 Placements 2006
 Doing it right
• Focus on consolidating our position and running better projects, rather
  than more projects

• New placements in the Philippines and South Africa

• Attempting larger and more ambitious projects

• Too many potential projects for us to handle!
   – Project proposal evaluation panel started
   – Only the best projects get through

• Quality of placement partners improved
 Research

• Scheme almost single-handedly set up by Mohammed Ali


• Intended to compliment placement work, develop sound solutions to
  difficult engineering problems and give more students the opportunity
  to contribute

• EWB-UK liaises with NGOs to generate project ideas, and takes these
  to universities to get buy-in from supervisors

• Long and difficult set-up period

• First year of operation 2005/06 – 15 projects successfully completed
 Bursaries

• Always the intention of EWB-UK to support good development work,
  even if not organised by us

• Ad-hoc funding application system until 2005

• More structured system set in place by Mark Miller

• Good take up at many branches

• 25 independent projects funded in the last two years

• Amazing range of work being funded through this scheme
 Training

• National Training Course at Clare Farm started in EWB’s first year

• Through the hard work and dedication of many people, this course has
  repeated 8 more times

• Imperial Alternative Energy Course in 2005 – the first branch training
  course

• National Training Conference 2006 – awesome
   – Pat = Legend

• Big focus for the future
 Education

• Education Working Group compiling our future strategy on education –
  expect lots more progress over the upcoming year

• Outreach programmes started by EWB Oxford – great potential for
  spreading work like this nationally
                         Programme Growth
                         80



                         70



                         60
Number of participants




                         50



                         40                                                     Placements


                         30



                         20



                         10



                          0

                              2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
                         Programme Growth
                         80



                         70



                         60
Number of participants




                         50


                                                                                Research
                         40
                                                                                Placements

                         30



                         20



                         10



                          0

                              2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
                         Programme Growth
                         80



                         70



                         60
Number of participants




                         50


                                                                                Bursaries
                         40                                                     Research
                                                                                Placements
                         30



                         20



                         10



                          0

                              2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
                        Programme Growth
                        350




                        300




                        250
Number of Partcipants




                        200                                                     Training
                                                                                Bursaries
                                                                                Research
                        150                                                     Placements


                        100




                         50




                          0

                              2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
Where Have We Worked?
     Placements
112 Placements with 24
        NGO’s
    in 14 countries




375 individual months of Placement work – 31 years!!!!!
Where Have We Worked?
     Placements             Research
112 Placements with 24   14 Projects with 8
        NGO’s                  NGO’s
    in 14 countries        in 6 countries
Where Have We Worked?
     Placements             Research              Bursaries
112 Placements with 24   15 Projects with 8   29 Projects with 29
        NGOs                   NGOs                 NGOs
    in 14 countries        in 6 countries       in 22 countries



                         OVERALL

         156 of the best students in this country
              given a chance to experience
          real development work with EWB-UK
Incoming Resources
£80,000
                                            £74,167

£70,000



£60,000

                                                          £51,667
£50,000



£40,000



£30,000



£20,000                           £24,596

          £11,275
£10,000

                    £9,504
    £0

          2001/02   2002/03   2003/04       2004/05   2005/06
   Funding Sources
100%


90%
                                                         Monies administered on
                                                         behalf of others

80%
                                                         Interest

70%

                                                         Grants
60%


50%                                                      Non-corporate
                                                         Donations
40%
                                                         Individual Donations
30%


20%                                                      Corporate Donations

10%


 0%

       2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
   Outgoing Funds
100%


90%                                                      Adminstrative
                                                         Expenses
80%
                                                         Branches

70%

                                                         Training
60%


50%
                                                         Bursaries


40%                                                      Research +
                                                         Education
30%
                                                         Placements
20%


10%


 0%

       2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
   Outgoing Funds
100%


90%


80%
                                                         Adminstrative
                                                         Expenses
70%


60%
                                                         Programme
                                                         Costs
50%
                  99%       94%       99%       95%
        94%
40%


30%


20%


10%


 0%

       2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
                     Branch Expansion
                     18



                     16



                     14



                     12
Number of Branches




                     10



                      8



                      6



                      4



                      2



                      0

                          2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05   2005/06
Branch Expansion
EWB-UK Future:
   growing up
• Decisions:
   – Do we grow?
   – Do we do more different things?

• Challenges ahead:
   – Staffing
     (CEO, Fundraiser, Research Co-ordinator, Branch Support Co-
     ordinator)
   – Carrying out our plans, together.
   – Raising the game
My hopes for EWB-UK

• EWB-UK will inspire people and give people opportunities in the same
  way it has for me

• EWB-UK will be able to make anything happen

• EWB-UK will make engineering, and engineers, develop a collective
  conscience

• If you tell someone you’ve worked with EWB-UK – they’ll offer you a
  job without an interview
Over to you…

				
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