Since the military government was overthrown from power by a coalition of militia groups of various clan-based rebels in 1991, Somalia has been suffered from widespread violence, extreme poverty, and adverse climate change conditions such as recurrent chronic droughts and seasonal floods, lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene has led to increased incidences of waterborne diseases and reduced health situation of the affected communities, which has resulted in a severe emergency and produced over two million internally displaced people and many more refugees around the world.
During these difficult times, the Somali diaspora played a key role makes its most sustained and direct contribution to development and service delivery by establishing and supporting local institutions in the home region, district, or village. As well as sending bills to their relatives through remittances, The UN Development Programme estimates that $1.6 billion in remittances is sent back annually by Somali emigrants living in North America and Europe. Returnees establish businesses individually or as a group and pool resources or manage the company at the executive level. Investment is spread over various sub-sectors such as small-scale industries, telecommunication, remittances, and trade. Also, diaspora members contribute to development through their work for international development agencies.
Based on the ongoing efforts of the Somali diaspora, a group of engineer’s diasporas met at a conference in London to discuss how engineers can help their knowledge and skills in their home country. The meeting lasted for two days and formed a non-governmental organization named Engineers Without borders Somalia. After its inception, an organization started work right away in the country and has made significant contributions to the work of the United Nations for Sustainable Development Goals. To solve engineering challenges related to Shelter, WASH, Education and enhance pastoralists adaptation and mitigation to climate change and lead to sustainable livelihoods. We are also proud that we are now a member association of Engineers Without Borders International
EWB-Somalia values itself as an organization that firmly adhere all socially constructed values. In addition to that the we value respect, unpartisan, transparency, collective decision making, proper service delivery, broad participation of all stages of organizational activities constitute important values for this organization