Engineers Without Borders: Issues on its Strengths, Achievements and Challenges. Impressions From a One Week Tour in Ghana

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

July 2006


In 2006, we asked Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, a former director of the UN Human Development Report and the author of six books, including “Rethinking Technical Cooperation: Reforms for Capacity Building in Africa (1993)” (and considered one of the best books on Capacity Building in Africa) to visit our program in West Africa and provide an information assessment and recommendations on how to deepen our relationships with partner organisations. As part of her assessment, she wrote:

“I came away very impressed by how EWB has created itself as a cutting edge volunteer organization for human development focused on capacity building. It has built on the latest thinking about the process of development and what external assistance can and cannot do. EWB is a highly professional outfit committed to excellence and learning.

"It was invigorating to be with the volunteers in action. I am full of admiration not only for their passion and energy but for the professionalism with which they are approaching their assignments, and the maturity with which they are collaborating with their counterparts.

"The most interesting part of the EWB approach for me was that it is doing more to take capacity development as an objective systematically than any other development organization I have seen."

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