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Policy Statement 506 - Building Engineering Capacity in Developing Countries


Approved by the Committee on Advancing the Profession on March 15, 2018
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 6, 2018
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 13, 2018


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), should continue to cooperate with the United States government, other interested government and non-government organizations, and ASCE's international partners, to champions the development of sustainable local engineering capabilities (i.e. capacity building) in developing countries. 


ASCE, through its members, institutes, committees, councils, and Agreements of Cooperation represents all aspects of civil engineering. ASCE is in a unique position to foster relationships to assist other countries, specifically developing countries, and to build engineering capabilities. These relationships are developed domestically (in the United States) and internationally through workshops, curriculum, conferences, information exchange, technical visits, web-seminars, mentoring, publications, and peer review panels.


ASCE actively collaborates 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.

Building engineering capacity is consistent with the ASCE strategic plan and its strategy to facilitate the global exchange of civil engineering knowledge. 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, serves the engineering profession worldwide and benefits the broader world community.

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 506 
First Approved in 2004