Engineers Without Borders USA Chapter Presidents Send Open Letter of Support for VEGA to Congress

By , Communications and Advocacy Associate

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VEGA Member Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) sent an open letter to Congress supporting the continuation of VEGA’s Leader with Associate Award that is set to expire on June 10. Representing thousands of engineers and engineering students from across the country, the EWB-USA Chapter Presidents highlighted the taxpayer savings that highly skilled volunteers, such as their members, have provided for VEGA programs over the years.

We believe that especially as the U.S. government looks for budget cuts and taxpayer savings, initiatives that deploy pro-bono private sector and university experts to strengthen cross-cultural partnerships, increase opportunities for trade and convey the best of American values should be prioritized. The best way to do this is to act now to extend the U.S. Agency for International Development’s partnership with VEGA.

EWB-USA Chapter Presidents also noted the diverse network that they are a part of as one of VEGA’s 29 Member organizations, allowing them the ability to create strategic partnerships to achieve greater impact.

EWB-USA is but one member of VEGA that provides a pipeline of highly skilled volunteers whose ordinary daily rates would usually far exceed the maximum permitted by the U.S. government. VEGA’s network of skilled volunteers expertise spans the spectrum of technical assistance needed for economic growth programs worldwide—including financial services, engineering and infrastructure, enterprise development, local capacity building, farming and agriculture, water and sanitation, power and much more.

Furthermore, EWB-USA Chapter Presidents urged Congress to act immediately in taking leadership on this United States Agency for International Development (USAID) directive to ensure the incoming leadership at USAID will have the opportunity to utilize VEGA to efficiently and effectively incorporate skilled volunteers into economic growth programs.

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