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Our Impact

EWB Australia works towards creating positive change to improve the quality of life for communities. The Impact Framework provides a template for us to achieve this and maximise our impact.
Read our Impact Framework

Our Story

Countries we have worked in

Community Organisation Partners

Successful Social Enterprises

Guidelines and Policies Influenced

University research projects

SDGs contributing to

International Field Professionals

University students participated in Design Summit since 2015

University Engineering students

Global Issues

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

  • 785 million people remain without even basic drinking water services (2017)

  • 2 out of 5 people worldwide do not have a basic handwashing facility with soap and water at home (2017)
  • 40% of primary schools in least-developed countries have basic handwashing facilities 
  • 600 million children do not have basic sanitation service at school
  • 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress
  • 673 million people still practise open defecation 

Inclusiveness and Equality

  • 80% of people with a disability live in poverty 
  • 12% of engineers working in Australia are women 
  • 40% of the world’s girls and women (1.4 billion) live in countries failing on gender equality
  • 39% of women make up the global workforce, but only 27% are in managerial positions
  • It is estimated that the global gender gap will close in 108 years
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in 80% of households (who lack access to water on-premises)

Energy and Sustainability

  • 3 billion people lack clean cooking fuels and technology
  • Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 deaths
  • 2 billion people do not have access to waste collection services

Climate Change and People Movement

  • An estimated 1.3 million lives have been lost between 1998 and 2017 as a result of climate-related and geophysical disasters 
  • Over 70 million have been forced to flee their homes (37,000 per day)

Stories of Change

EWB Australia works with highly-skilled and passionate individuals and organisations in Australia and overseas. Read their stories of partnerships and collaborations demonstrating the many ways EWB Australia is having positive social impact. 

EWB Australia and COVID-19

EWB Australia and COVID-19

COVID-19 feels like it has changed everything. At EWB it has changed everything, just like it has across Australia, across Asia and the Pacific, across the world. Nevertheless, EWB’s mission continues. The people who needed support before still need it today and they...

Engineering COVID-19

Engineering COVID-19

What kind of role does engineering play in tackling COVID-19? A massive one. EWB Australia facilitator alumnus, Professor Lauren Gardner, is part of the team at the forefront of engineering the system that tracks the pandemic - called the COVID-19 Dashboard. Built by...

EWB Australia and the COVID-19 action plan

EWB Australia and the COVID-19 action plan

UPDATE: 20 MARCH 2020 Every one of us is being incredibly challenged by these uncertain times. EWB is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire movement, and to supporting every one of our staff and volunteers to navigate this challenge, both...