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14 Nov

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November Shop Day

November 14, 2012 | By |

Join us on November 24th at the Monolith Interactive office for a day of networking, great conversation, and the opportunity to hear informative and engaging speakers.

Where: Monolith Interactive, 15A King St. North, Waterloo

When: Saturday November 24 2012, 10am-3pm Read More

07 Nov

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November Development Drinks

November 7, 2012 | By |

When: Wednesday, November 14th and 6:30-7:30pm
Where: The Cavern Room @ The Lions Brewery Restaurant, 59 King Street North, Waterloo

Title: The Role of the Mining Industry in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Read More

14 Feb

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George Roter to speak on February 16

February 14, 2012 | By |

George Roter, co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, will be presenting a lecture called “Stop ‘helping those poor people in Africa:’ An argument for a systemic approach to supporting international development.

He will examine our standard approaches to poverty reduction and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He will argue that simple actions – like building a well or a school – are insufficient to achieving poverty reduction and get in the way of more effective approaches. A different way forward is needed – focusing on systemic change – in order to drive economic and social development, and greater justice for those living in poverty.

The public lecture will be in the Lecture Hall, STP 105, at St. Paul’s University College at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 16.

Admission  is free. Parking is available at St. Paul’s on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free after 4:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Kelly Deeks-Johnson, kideeks@uwaterloo.ca

02 Dec

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Fair Trade Waterloo Meeting

December 2, 2011 | By |

Fair Trade Waterloo is in its growing stages and gathering momentum towards a long term goal of getting Waterloo certified as Fair Trade City, promoting awareness and increasing the availability of Fair Trade Certified products in the area. If you are interested in learning more about Fair Trade Waterloo, the next meeting will be held at Whole Lo-a Gelata (Uptown Waterloo) on Wednesday December 7th at 6:00pm.

29 Sep

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65 Years of Fair Trade

September 29, 2011 | By |

On Saturday, October 1st Ten Thousand Villages will be celebrating 65 years of Fair Trade in their 48 stores across Canada, as well as at the National Office and Distribution Centre in New Hamburg, Ontario. Stop by your local store or the New Hamburg Open House and join in the festivities! There will be food, guests, slideshows, entertainment, gift basket draws, displays, balloons, tattoos and more!

In addition, celebrate with an Evening of Stories and Celebration with international storyteller Doug Dirks.

Sunday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm
Toronto United Mennonite Church

1774 Queen Street East

The evening will include Fair Trade food and drink and a chance to meet Ten Thousand Villages celebrity supporter Gail Vaz-Oxlade.

Doug Dirks has for decades been a visionary leader in the global Fair Trade movement and an impassioned advocate for artisans around the world. A masterful storyteller, many have been riveted by accounts of his early work establishing craft producing groups in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

 

 

24 Jun

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EWB Recruiting New African Program Staff

June 24, 2011 | By |

Engineers Without Borders Canada is yet again seeking bright, outstanding leaders to join our African Programs Staff (APS). Training and departure for the following positions will begin in mid-October 2011.

In Agriculture ~

Agriculture Value Chains
Position: Market Development Field Officer
Ghana, Zambia and potentially Tanzania

Market Development Project Manager
Ghana, Zambia and potentially Tanzania

Business Development Services
Business Growth Specialist
Potentially Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

Public Sector Agriculture Development
Specialist in New Models for Impact
Ghana

Entrepreneuriat Rural Agricole (Français)
Agriculture Capacity Building Officer
Burkina Faso

In Water and Sanitation ~

Water and Sanitation
District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst
Malawi

In Governance and Rural Infrastructure ~ 

Governance and Rural Infrastructure

District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst
Ghana

Who can apply for these positions?

New graduates and professionals of any educational background are eligible to apply for this chance to use their skills to help change the way development is done. Evidence of prior leadership in one’s field or studies is an asset. The application process begins with a Personal Information Form, including one’s resume and personal language assessment, as well as essay-style application questions, and is followed by interviews with those selected.

It is important to note that all costs for training, travel, and living are provided by EWB. We understand that many recent graduates may be struggling under the burden of student loans and do not want this to prevent anyone from applying. We encourage these individuals to contact us before they have applied so that alternative means can be explored.

For more information on EWB projects in Africa and what characteristics EWB is looking for please see http://www.ewb.ca/en/whatyoucando/volunteer/longterm.html

What does it mean to be an APS?

These volunteer positions provide APS with incredible opportunities for professional growth as a social change leader, all while creating lasting impact in rural Africa. Being an APS means working with purpose, collaborating with African partners, and having a life-changing experience. EWB’s African Programs Staff are humble entrepreneurs that become powerful change agents working as part of a larger movement for Africa.

What do APS do?

All of EWB’s work is designed to help our local partner organizations do what they do better. Our APS add value to partners in a variety of ways including executing on project specific work, building management capacity, improving learning and accountability systems, increasing skills of field staff and creating stronger connections between different stakeholders.

See the Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, and Governance and Rural Infrastructure paragraphs below for specific projects that our APS have been working on and for details of their successes.

Where are APS working?

EWB is currently working in Ghana, Malawi, Burkina Faso, and Zambia, and with new projects in Tanzania and Kenya.

When do I need to apply? When do these positions begin and end?

Applications for all of the above positions are due on July 3rd, 2011. Within two to four weeks of this closing date, all applicants will be contacted and interviews with selected candidates will begin. Training and departure for these positions will begin in mid-October 2011. All positions require a minimum commitment of one year.

How do I get more information? How do I get involved?

· To apply, go ewb.ca/volunteer.

· For detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements specific to each available position, please see the attached documents.

· See http://my.ewb.ca/posts/86606/ for brief descriptions of the open roles.

· Send any questions you have to Sarah Grant at sarahgrant@ewb.ca

Creating Change in Agriculture Businesses

In Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, EWB is investing in the agriculture sector – the main employer and export earner in most developing countries – as a way to unlock African prosperity. Historically, Western aid has focused on dispersing subsidized fertilizer, hybrid seeds, and machines, or purchasing products from farmers as a functioning private sector would. Regrettably, these efforts simply distort markets and prevent private sector growth. There is no reward for the innovation and risk required to work in the private sector, so the cycle continues. So EWB is addressing the underlying issues, working with existing organizations that have the ability to greatly impact the agricultural sector, fostering entrepreneurial, private sector growth and helping farmers develop new business skills. These organizations include – NGOs, private businesses, impact investors and major donors.

Driving Results in Water and Sanitation

EWB believes that the persistent water and sanitation challenges in Malawi, and in much of the rest of the developing world, are due to inefficient investment rather than lack of investment. EWB realizes that while drilling wells is an important part of the solution, it will never be long-term without a systemic approach. So EWB focuses on changing the system to support these outputs. One example is the creation of a simple water-point mapping and monitoring system that relies on coordination with existing government programs to get the data. In short, it identifies broken outputs, the places where new outputs are needed most and the best location for them (strong water supply). The water mapping system is now functioning in 11 out of 28 districts in Malawi with plans to expand countrywide. EWB is also working with the government and communities to create functioning business models for water delivery, then sharing their findings within the sector and with the national government, influencing change.

Having Impact in Governance and Rural Services

EWB believes in the potential of public services such as water, education, and agriculture extension and ensuring that people who aren’t yet well connected to markets can still get the support needed to grow their business and raise a healthy family. EWB is working with governments who are far ahead in terms of decentralization and minimized corruption (currently this work is happening in Ghana and Malawi). We work with them to continue the process of decentralization. We work with them to develop state of the art monitoring tools that can guide resource investment at all levels. We work with them to invest in their management and field services to ensure that the services provided are backed by talented leaders.

Become a part of this important work by applying for one of the unique new APS positions available in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania or Zambia.

10 Jun

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The World Of EWB

June 10, 2011 | By |

If you haven’t yet checked out the fascinating and informative (and often entertaining, enlightening or quirky) blogs being written by EWB’s overseas staff and volunteers, it is high time!

From the World of EWB “about” page:

This website brings together the blogs of Engineers Without Borders-Ingénieurs Sans Frontières Canada’s staff and volunteers.

Working in Malawi, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Canada, these exceptional people are building the opportunities and capacities of rural Africans by working with local development organizations and increasing their effectiveness. Find out more about EWB’s work here.

Please note that the blogs represent the personal opinions of the writers only, and not the official beliefs or policies of EWB or its partner organizations.

05 May

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Can the World Feed 10 Billion People?

May 5, 2011 | By |

Our top pick from the web this month is from the Argument column of Foreign Policy journal, May 4th 2011
Check out Raj Patel’s informative and thought-provoking new article:  Can the World Feed 10 Billion People?

“With an exploding global population — and Africa’s numbers set to triple — the world’s experts are falling over themselves arguing how to feed the masses. Why do they have it so wrong?”