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Development Drinks with African Leaders & Other EWB-WRG News

January 26, 2014 | By |

1. Development Drinks with African Leaders

When: Thursday, January 30th 5:30-7:30pm
Where: The Cavern Room @ The Lions Brewery Restaurant, 59 King Street North, Waterloo
RSVPhttp://developmentdrinkskumvana.eventbrite.com

Title: Meet African Leaders from EWB’s Kumvana Fellowship Program

With:

  • Oswald Nkhuwa, Malawi – District Water Development Officer
  • Habib Shahadu, Ghana – Development Planner, Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development
  • Benson Kampapa, Malawi, Ministry of Health & Population, Zomba District

We would like to invite you join us for January’s Development Drinks!

At this event, we will meet three of the African Leaders who are visiting Canada for 1 month as part of EWB’s Kumvana Fellowship Program. It will be an opportunity to hear directly from African leaders about local needs & conditions as they relate to international development programs.

Development Drinks is a casual event where we invite the local community to develop a discussion about various international development topics in a laid back atmosphere. We hope to see you there!

Also, we’re going to have our Development Drinks every second month, so the next one will be on March 20.

 

2. Publish What You Pay achieves a step forward in mining transparency

At the November 2012 Development Drinks, and at a subsequent EWB Shop Day, Kirsten Van Houten joined us to talk about conflict minerals and mining justice. Engineers Without Borders Canada has since then become a member of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Canada, a coalition of NGOs pushing for resource extraction companies to be transparent about payments made to the governments in the countries where they operate. This would go a long way to helping local communities access the funds that they are supposed to be receiving as part of the mining operations.

Recently, the Mining Association of Canada and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada endorsed PWYP’s plan. The news was covered in the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Congratulations to PWYP Canada, and we hope that further steps are taken to ensure that conflict minerals can be traced and removed from our products.

 

3. Also Noted:

  • Protect the Aid Budget is EWB’s advocacy campaign. Look out for the #protectaid twitter hashtag. http://protectaid.ca
  • A Carb-filled EWB Update Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMOVEnu2GKw This video provides a update on EWB’s organizational structure, vision, and future.
  • The EWB University of Waterloo is holding a Coffee House/Potluck at POETS at 5:30 pm this Tuesday (January 28th). Come by to enjoy Fairtrade chocolate, a relaxing break from schoolwork, and a chance to get talking about some of the issues that face our world today.