About Duncan

Duncan McNicholl is the Program Manager of the  Water and Sanitation (WatSan) team for Engineers Without Borders Canada, based in Malawi, in Southern Africa.  A graduate of civil engineering from the University of British Columbia, Duncan has been involved with Engineers Without Borders for several years now.  In 2008, he participated in EWB’s Junior Fellowship program and spent four months in Malawi working on an agricultural value chains project with cassava flour.

After completing his degree and working briefly with a consulting engineering firm in Vancouver, he returned to Malawi in March 2010 to join the WatSan team where he will work for the next two years. Although he works mostly with water and sanitation issues, Duncan is also interested in good food, good people, Malawian culture, and a whole host of other topics related to human development and the development sector.  He is also an avid photographer and musician.



  1. Hey Duncan!

    Glad to hear you’re over that bout of Malaria.

    Trevor indicated that I could talk to you about Chitimbuka, and you may have some soft resources that you could forward my way.

    Also, I saw your myEWB post about the photo project you’re working on. I’ve just finished taking a Peace and Conflict Studies course on development, and we had a guest speaker talk about an art project he had tour some museums in Waterloo where he displayed drawings sent to him from children in conflict regions. Below is his contact information if you want to get in touch with him and find out through what avenues he got his (or really their) work into museums.

    Paul Roorda. His email is: paul@paulroorda.com His website is: http://www.paulroorda.com

    Hope that helps, and hope to see you in May.



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  8. Hi Duncan,
    Congrats for the good work. I a m Achuti Mochama from Kenya currently working on my Phd research involving “MAPPING RURAL WATER POINTS”. Could you be with resources to aid this project.

    Best regards,

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