Our approach

Global Challenge

A focus on global societal challenges faced by people in developing countries: global health, food security, affordable and reliable energy, affordable and sustainable housing and infrastructure, sustainable water management, clean water and sanitation for all.


Close cooperation between the Delft scientists and partners in developing countries (knowledge institutions, entrepreneurs, NGOs and government) to jointly find concrete solutions to global societal challenges.


Research for global development involves creative, out-of-the-box, high quality scientific and technological innovations with a tangible output such as tools, services and marketable products. Scientists work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle the global challenges.

Local impact

Concrete and sustainable solutions that directly improve lives of people living in poverty. A healthier and safer living environment, creation of economic activity and low-cost, self-sustaining, low maintenance and/or easy-to-operate tools, services and products.

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