We are proud of the impact our international placements had and they remain an important part of our history and the journey we went on to evolve into the movement we are today. But the number of people they’ve helped either directly, or indirectly, is relatively small compared to the size of the global challenges we face. We took time to assess our work and realised that we can positively affect many more lives by using our influence and educational programmes to encourage change on a much larger and strategic scale. As such our focus has moved from running individual pro-bono projects to creating systemic change. Learn more about our 2021-2030 strategy to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, ensuring a safe and just future for all.

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Better connected in Nepal

Many people in Nepal lack access to the internet. This means that they miss out on global knowledge, education, healthcare, communications and e-commerce.

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Dry toilets in Peru

Two related problems were stopping Lobitos being a great place to live and a bigger draw for tourists: inadequate water supplies and poor sanitation.

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Reinforced plaster in Bangladesh

Low-lying, Bangladesh is susceptible to flooding, cyclones and tidal surges. Battered by torrential rain and strong winds during the monsoon season, it is frequently hit by flash floods and landslides.

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Off-grid renewables in Kenya

In east Africa, the electricity gap is being filled by small off-grid renewable-energy businesses who are providing power to rural communities.

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Re-engineering urban spaces in Kenya

Kibera doesn’t have enough toilets or adequate flood defences. When it rains heavily, homes are damaged and raw sewage mixes with drinking water supplies, spreading disease.

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Clean water in Mexico

When the groundwater supply of Mexico’s rural Guanajuato region was contaminated, it exposed 200,000 people to life-threatening pathogens.

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Disaster resistant building in Rwanda

Rwanda sits on the East African Rift fault line. It suffers frequent, often deadly, earthquakes.

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Pollution revolution in India

Every day 3 billion people cook over open fires or inefficient stoves. Breathing in the air they produce is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day.

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