Background and objectives

Since the mid-90s, Delft University of Technology students took part in research and project activities related to study various water management issues in Bangladesh; particularly the controversial Flood Action Plan (see our 2001 Evaluation Report of the Student Program). The idea was triggered by the recognition that in many cases modern technology played an adverse role in the development of the poor. Hosted by local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), students were given an opportunity get close to operations and processes in development projects from a bottom-up perspective.

The student program is now focusing on the arsenic problem and has been linked to our research. The objective is in the first place for students to experience a direct confrontation with the situation in developing countries. Secondly, they might come up with creative suggestions for our program. We also invite students to help with various supporting desktop studies.

Your project and stay

As a student, you will receive much freedom to figure out how you wish to contribute to these activities. You are expected to pay for your own flights and insurance (there are usually opportunities for financial support and vaccinations through the universities). A monthly fee of 250,- euro ‘package deal’ will cover all normal expenditures for food, housing, local transport, internet, local supervision, translation and various practical support.

Please contact us for more information.