What we do

International Partnerships


Today, many people lack the basic capabilities and freedoms to begin to determine their own development and to help others along the way as well.

Nowhere is the challenge more complex and more urgent than where the needs are greatest but the resources are most limited. People face significant barriers to development. We want to make sure that access to engineering is not one of them.




Our international placement model, which draws on the most successfully components of EWB placement programmes around the world, is an incredibly cost-effective way of making high level technical knowledge and skills available to grassroots organisations involved in tackling poverty. We believe that where strong, equitable partnerships exist, carefully selected young engineers, with the right attitude, support and preparation, are capable of building the capacity of grassroots organisations and catalysing development.


This year EWB Ireland have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Ireland to offer a two week home building volunteering opportunity to Irish students and professionals. There are a number of departure dates available across Summer 2019 on “open” or “closed” teams.

If you would like to hear more about this placement and how you can apply for a subsided trip please get in touch at katie.mahon@ewb-ireland.org


EWB Ireland has close ties to Nepal and the Nepalese community in Ireland. We are currently in the process of finalising a volunteer programme in Nepal through local partner organisations with a focus on professional development of Nepalese engineers and post-earthquake reconstruction ands recovery. These placements will be open to both professional engineers and undergraduates. We will update details as the situation progresses.

Partner with us

EWB Ireland works better in partnership with other organisations. If you would like to receive an intern or organise an exchange with your organisation, social enterprise or academic institution, we would love to hear from you at katie.mahon@ewb-ireland.org

EWB Ireland are currently involved in a number of projects in developing countries, we are always seeking professional engineers to provide advice and expertise. This often takes very little time but the knowledge shared is invaluable to the success of our projects and brings real value to the communities we work with.

Below is a small selection of our current initiatives;


Nepal – Biochar Kiln

2016 Winners of “Where There Is No Engineer” travelled to Nepal last year to trial their Biochar Kiln with various communities and refine their concept further. The team have continued working on the design and development since their return to Ireland, including testing the effectiveness of the biochar fertiliser on a range of vegetables grown in their very own polytunnel. Learn more about their 2017 trip in this short video, and more about the progress of the Biochar Kiln here on the Farm Social website. Get in touch directly at farmsocial@outlook.com.


Nepal – Aid Distribution at Baluwa Secondary School

Our most recent initiative was the distribution of clothes and hygiene products to 143 children at Baluwa Secondary School in Kavre, Nepal. The village and school were severally affected by the earthquakes of 2015.


Nepal – Blanket distribution in Gujari, Nepal

Our most recent initiative was the distribution of blankets to the people of Gajuri Village, Nepal to help them overcome the winter. With delays in reconstruction many people are still living in temporary shelters.


Nepal – E-library Shree Birendra Aadarsh Higher Secondary School, Birendranagar, Chitwan

EWB was delighted to play a small part in supporting Mr. Ganga Ram Kandel, Patron and Advisor of the Nepal Non-Residents Association NRNA and General Secretary of the Nepal Ireland Society, who was Coordinator of this project.  The overall objective of was to create a comprehensive and rapid accessing way of digitized books, archives, and other digital documents to enhance an effective and quality education and knowledge to 1200 students and the wider community.


Uganda – Kisiizi Hospital Primary School

We have been providing technical advice to our partner UCDVO for the design and construction of a Special Needs Primary School and associated accommodation blocks on the grounds of Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda. The initial access and walkways have been completed and we will update more details on this project as it progresses.


Philippines – Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, Balayan

TEN Foundations support a community enterprise in Philippines for the production of school bags which are sold across 3 locations in Northern Ireland. The area they work with is extremely rural is therefore affected by power cuts resulting in loss of income. In partnership with ARUP we are investigating a renewable energy solution to provide energy security including PV, biomass and small-scale hydro.


Ireland – Community Orchard, Dunne Street, Dublin

“Come Grow with us” is a community participatory work devised by visual artist Steven Doody. There are many small areas in the city which are closed off to the public, not contributing to the local community in any way. The focus of this project is to reuse these areas to be of benefit to the city’s children and inhabitants by promoting biodiversity and educational workshops.

Global Engineering Education

“Engineers turn ideas into reality using science, technology and creativity” (Engineers Ireland)

Global engineering education focuses on people centred design and prioritises simple and appropriate solutions. It allows students and professionals to explore the relationships between the social, environmental and economics dimensions of engineering and global and local systems.

EWB is committed to improving the quality and quantity of Global Engineering education through development education initiatives such as “Where There is No Engineer”, lectures by experts in their field, hands-on workshops, and events organised by and for our student branches. By learning to act as mediators between people and technology, engineers will be able to understand technology’s impact and influence it for the better.

“Where there is no Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience” is a design initiative coordinated jointly by the Development Technology Research Group in Dublin Institute of Technology and Engineers Without Borders Ireland. This development education program is funded by Irish Aid and the EU DEAR Build Solid Ground Campaign. It is open to both students and professionals and gives participants to opportunity to design creative solutions to real-life development problems.


There are six global development themes;

  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure
  • Self-supply Water and Sanitation
  • Community Participatory Health
  • On and off Micro-Grid Energy Systems
  • Food Security
  • Applying Big Data in The Community

Outstanding graduate and professional teams will be invited to participate in the National Finals with the winners having the opportunity to travel to the program country to implement their project.

More information is available at the link below;

Where There is No Engineer

If you would like to participate in “Where There is No Engineer” please contact; Liam.Mccarton@DIT.ie

EWB Ireland regularly hosts talks and workshops addressing a range of technical and non-technical components of engineering in international development.

Smart Shelter Workshops

Martijn Schildkamp, founder of three Smart Shelter divisions, comes to Dublin twice annually for an inspiring programme of  lectures, design workshops and hands-on experiments.

Emergency Architecture and Resilient Engineering

The brief was to work through the design stages for a typical building in a developing context or disaster related area such as Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal focussing specifically on the transitional period between ‘temporary shelter and semi-permanent house’.

Over four days the participants developed an awareness of unconventional, alternative construction techniques and the need for sustainable solutions stimulating creative thinking and the ability to search for the right questions that need to be answered during the whole process.

Engineering Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid

This workshop introduced participants to the challenges of designing products for communities in a developing country by exploring unconventional parameters in unknown contexts, challenging them to think out-of-the-box and search for different sources and resources. Solutions preferably run without the use of electricity or petrol, may not release toxics or fumes into the environment, and must be easy to maintain and repair.

Past Events

Past speakers have included:

  • Randolph Langenbach (Consultant in Building Conservation & Seismic Engineering)
  • Martijn Schildkamp (Smart Shelter Foundation)
  • Kubilay Hiçyilmaz (Technical Director at Arup)
  • Andrew Lamb (Field Ready)
  • Dominic McSorley (CEO Concern Worldwide)
  • Dualta Rougneen (Disaster Risk Management Coordinator and WASH Advisor, Plan Ireland)
  • Darren Hanniffy, (Senior Manager at Goal)
  • Prof. Bruce Misstear (Associate Professor TCD, Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and co-author of ‘Water Wells and Boreholes’)
  • Bobby McCormack, (Founder Development Perspectives)
  • Niall Roche WASH/ Environmental Health Consultant
  • Dr. Alistair Borthwick, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering UCC
  • Tyler Algeo, EWB Canada

Randolph Langenbach presenting at Seismic Summit


Keep an eye on our Events Page for upcoming members events or sign up to our mailing list.

If you would like EWB to help you organise a talk or workshop related to engineering in international development, get in touch at katie.mahon@ewb-ireland.org with “Events” in the subject line.

ARC2018:Achieving Resilient Cities & Communities

This two day series of conference & workshops features a number of interational experts who will present Nature Based Solutions case studies from across Europe followed by a number of interactive workshops. The outputs from these workshops will be a NBS ToolKIT which will present a portfolio of NBS technologies, show where they are applicable, and will equip the user with the skills to promote the inclusion of NBS technologies in their day to day work. Keynotes over the two days include;

  • Joan Garcia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Albert Jansen (Water Innovation Consulting)
  • Victor Beumer (Deltares)
  • Dr. Sean O’Hogain (DTC Research Group at Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Liam McCarton (DTC Research Group at Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Declan Alcock (EWB Ireland & Varming Consulting Engineers))

Further information is available here


Seismic Summit

In March 2018 we hosted a unique gathering of internationally recognised experts in the field of Building Conservation, Seismic Engineering & Post-Disaster Reconstruction, particularly in developing regions. Speakers included;

  • Randolph Langenbach (Consultant in Building Conservation & Seismic Engineering)
  • Martijn Schildkamp (Smart Shelter Foundation)
  • Kubilây Hiçyilmaz, Arup


EWB Annual Conference

Now in it’s 5th year, our Annual Conference provides an opportunity to review our activities over the previous 12 months and for members and non-members alike to engage with EWB and hear from a variety of guest speakers. Past keynotes have included;

  • Sachin Bhoite (Arup)
  • Martijn Schildkamp (Smart Shelter Foundation)
  • Dominic McSorley (CEO Concern Worldwide)
  • Colin Keogh (The Rapid Foundation)
  • Aidan Madden (Arup)
  • Liam McCarton (Development Technology in the Community Research Group)

Mark Kenny speaking at “Engineering Change” our 2014 Conference




EWB-Ireland now offer a number of research projects to students and professionals, through our partner organisation Smart Shelter Research. These assignments can be undertaken at your university, either independently or in groups, under the supervision of your own academic staff and in your own time frame.
They can be incorporated into the curriculum of any relevant academic programme or used as the basis of a thesis or dissertation.

More details can be found here