Published on 14th August 2017
This month, VSA was delighted to sign a partnership agreement with Engineers Without Borders NZ (EWBNZ) for conducting collaborative work in sustainable development across the Pacific.
EWBNZ and VSA will initially use this strategic alliance to identify opportunities to work together to deliver good development outcomes in our respective programmes. This is great news for VSA as it offers us some really exciting opportunities for collaborative work in people-centred development across the Pacific and beyond.
Collaboration on projects between VSA and EWBNZ will fall into four main areas:
1) VSA assignments where EWBNZ may provide a recruitment network of suitable volunteers.
2) VSA assignments where EWBNZ may provide input via its Technical Support Hub in NZ – technical support can be provided to any VSA volunteer working on any assignment where engineering assistance is required, and/or where a volunteer would like support from a NZ based engineer to help with problem-solving.
3) EWBNZ assignments where VSA may provide support including some aspects of pre-departure briefing, in-country orientation and in-country assistance, with Vanuatu being an initial focus.
4) Joint EWBNZ/VSA assignments where the scoping and delivery is undertaken by both partners.
We look forward to this partnership leading to increasing development in infrastructure and engineering within the countries and regions where we work.