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The term Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is used by several non-governmental organizations in several countries, to describe their activity based on engineering and oriented to international development work. All of these groups work to serve the needs of disadvantaged communities and people all over the world through engineering solutions.

Many EWB national groups developed independently from each other, and so they are not all formally affiliated with each other, and their level of collaboration and organisational development varies. The majority of the EWB/ISF organisations are strongly linked to academia and to students, with many of them being student-led.

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History of EWB/ISF organizations

The first organisations to bear the name were Ingénieurs sans frontières (ISF)-France, founded in the 1980s, and ISF-Spain and ISF-Italy, founded in the 1990s. EWB-Canada, one of the largest of the EWB organisations, was founded in the late 1990s. EWB-UK was founded with the support of EWB-Canada in 2001.

In the USA an organisation called EWB-USA was founded in Colorado in 2001. In the same year an organisation called Engineers Without Frontiers USA was founded at Cornell University. This organisation was later renamed Engineers for a Sustainable World following a dispute with EWB-USA over the name.

A large number of other EWB/ISF groups have since been established around the world, with diverse structures, aims and activities.

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International co-operation

Several of the EWB/ISF organisations are affiliated with the organisation Engineers Without Borders - International (EWB-I). EWB-I is an association of national EWB/ISF groups with the mission to facilitate collaboration, exchange of information, and assistance among its member groups. EWB-I was founded in 2004 by Prof. Bernard Amadei, the founder of EWB-USA.

Several other older EWB/ISF groups are not members of EWB-I, for a variety of reasons. EWB Canada, for example, states that "an organisation is more than just a name and roughly similar goals. In order for organisations to work together, they must have a common strategy and culture, neither of which are currently present in the international network."[1] However, this view is not shared by all EWB groups.

Many of the organisations which are not EWB-I members, such as EWB-Canada, ISF-Spain, EWB-UK and others, do collaborate with each other and with other similar groups.

Selected EWB organizations

Members of EWB-International

Not members of EWB-International

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