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Policy Statement 506 - Capacity Building


Approved by the International Activities Committee on January 23, 2008
Approved by the Policy Review Committee on March 7, 2008
Adopted by the Board of Direction on May 2, 2008
First Approved in 2004


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), in cooperation with the United States government, other interested government and non-government organizations, and ASCE's international partners, will champion the building and development of vibrant indigenous engineering capabilities (i.e. capacity building) in developing countries. ASCE will actively collaborate with the American Association of Engineering Societies, World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Pan American Association of Engineers, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and others in this effort.


ASCE, through its members, institutes, committees and councils representing all aspects of civil engineering, is in a unique position to foster relationships to assist other countries, specifically developing countries, to build vibrant engineering capabilities. These relationships would be developed domestically and internationally through workshops, curriculum, conferences, information exchange, technical visits, web-seminars, mentoring, publications, and peer review panels.


Capacity building and development is consistent with the ASCE strategic plan, and its objective of growing and sharing the Body of Knowledge by advancing the profession of engineering. It enhances the welfare of humanity and supports ASCE's vision of building a better quality of life for all. The application of engineering principles, methods, practices and other expertise internationally and domestically, through ASCE, its members, institutes, committees and councils, representing all aspects of civil engineering, will serve the engineering profession worldwide and benefit the broader world community.

ASCE Policy Statement 506