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Welcome to your third edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Movement. This newsletter aims to keep you up to date with all the work we are doing to inspire, enable and influence globally responsible engineering. As you'll read below, it’s been an exciting start to 2016 - so don't wait any longer, scroll down!

Our Year in Stories | Annual Review 2015

We're delighted to share with you our latest annual review, Our Year in Stories. In its pages you'll read about people who we work with, who fundraise for us, who volunteer with us and who engage with our initiatives. As you read it, you won't fail to recognise the outstanding difference that Engineers Without Borders UK makes to so many people's lives, whether that be directly on an international project with one of our partner organisations, through our education work or as a member of the Engineers Without Borders UK community. We're certain you'll enjoy it, so make sure you have a read!

Change for Change | Give up your foreign change

We're asking everyone to give up their foreign change to help us make real change. Taking part is so easy and we’ve got a simple step by step guide to help you on our Change for Change page. Your change will help us to create a world where people everywhere have equal access to the benefits of engineering.

Watch this space | Our new strategy arrives in April

As you may already be aware, we've been very busy developing our new organisational strategy. This has involved workshops, discussions and exercises with our Trustees, staff, volunteers and online consultations enabling our wider network to contribute. This invaluable process has enabled us to develop our new organisational strategy that will guide everything that we do over the next five years. We're currently putting the finishing touches to the strategy and looking forward to sharing it with you at the start of April. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the process. 

A Declaration of Global Responsibility for Engineers | Join us for debate on 6 April

It is increasingly accepted that the engineering community should take a leadership role in responding to the global challenges now facing us, including that of climate change. At the beginning of February, we started working with Dr Rob Lawlor and Helen Morley from the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre from the University of Leeds on the idea of a Declaration of Global Responsibility for Engineers. An initial dialogue workshop collected views on the opportunities and challenges for such a declaration and on 6 April 2016 we will be opening our doors to those wishing to further the debate. Please join us by registering here.

Our partnership with STEMNET | Youth Outreach 

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Engineers Without Borders Ambassadors scheme through our new partnership with STEMNET. As part of this arrangement, all volunteers wishing to engage with young people through our Youth Outreach Initiative will be required to become and remain approved Engineers Without Borders Ambassadors through the STEM Ambassadors Programme. If you want to be or stay involved, please head to the new registration page to find out more.

KnowledgePoint | The new home for all your questions

Got a question? We’ve been working with KnowledgePoint, a sector recognised Q&A platform to develop our own discussion community so that you can get in touch more easily with the Engineers Without Borders UK community. The Phase 1 site is now ready for you to engage with – head here to see it, sign up and get talking!

Parabongo Challenge | The finals

On 25 February 2016 we joined a panel of judges to identify a winning school team for the Parabongo Challenge. The Parabongo Challenge asked school children to design an eco-school for the village of Parabongo in Northern Uganda, the brief was set by Seeds for Development from Uganda and run by Class of Your Own. Congratulations to the winning school, King Egcbert School in Sheffield, for such a great entry!

EWB Challenge | The challenge heats up and we announce new partner EcoSwell

As the EWB Challenge 2015 reaches its final stages for the year we are gearing up to the National Finals in June at the Siemens Crystal in London. We are also excited to announce that for the 2016/17 edition of the EWB Challenge we will be working with our partners EcoSwell based in Lobitos, Peru. Development of the 2016/17 design brief is well under way and the EWB Challenge team will be heading out to Lobitos in April to meet with the EcoSwell team and complete the development of the new brief.

Social research in off-grid solar | UCL Conference

Mobile phone technology has revolutionised the way we can access information and services. Take the case of energy payment services, in Africa energy Pay-As-You-Go solutions, enabled by mobile technology and services, were sold to more than 60,000 customers in 2013 (GSMA). However what about those people and areas that haven't yet been swept up in this golden wave of mobile technology? At a recent conference hosted by UCL, we shared learnings on the innovations in pay as you go systems for off-grid solar energy in Eastern Africa where mobile phone coverage and use is prevalent, as well as a contrasting scenario in Peru where mobile phone technology for payment of goods and services is not yet common practise. Our volunteers working with partners GVEP (in Kenya) and Light Up the World (in Peru) are doing great work to expand innovations in this area.

We've got a Good Idea | The Happold Foundation support Engineers Without Borders UK

We are delighted to have received support from The Happold Foundation through its Grants to Good Ideas. The grant supports work that sits well with our new strategic direction of increasing the knowledge dissemination from our international work across our networks and the global engineering community in the renewable energy, WASH and built environment sectors. We will be piloting a new approach to integrate our international work with our learning initiatives in the UK, watch this space!

Waste matters | Volunteer Devni Acharya and our partner Reignite in Cameroon

Our volunteer Devni Acharya worked together with Reignite in Cameroon to develop a sustainable solid waste management strategy for the Tubah Region. As a result of their work, it has been recently announced that the Prime Minister of Cameroon, has authorised the Tubah Council to purchase equipment for waste and there has also been a commitment to build the first engineered landfill in Cameroon. This work will be continued by ourselves and Reignite in our 2016 projects.

London Regional Network | Supporting the EWB Challenge professionals pilot with students at London South Bank University

In February we had 17 professionals from our London Regional Network join us at London South Bank University to pilot an interactive activity with the 280 first year undergraduates participating in the EWB Challenge this year. The professionals were asked to interview each team about their design project and provide them with critique and feedback. All of them felt that the students benefitted from the activity, and from the EWB Challenge and its relevance in preparing the students for life as a professional engineer. One of the professional participants commented about the EWB Challenge that 'it presents a holistic approach to the issues faced by a community and the work that we, as engineers from various fields, can do to improve. It is easy to forget once we are in the industry the impact of the work we do in the general society.'

We think that's a thumbs up for the EWB Challenge professionals pilot and will be looking to see how we can support all our participating universities with professional interaction in the coming years. Watch this space!
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