The Working group on Development Techniques (WOT) is a knowledge centre for small-scale applications of water supply and sustainable energy for developing countries. The WOT is a non-profit organisation and is run by volunteers. The WOT is located at the Technical University of Twente in the city of Enschede in the Netherlands. By doing research and transferring knowledge the WOT aims to contribute to an increased standard of live in developing countries.

Activities[edit | edit source]

The activities of the WOT are the responsibility of three groups: the advisory group, the field group and the awareness raising group. These groups perform activities like offering (technical) advice for development countries, small maintenance to the demonstration objects on the WOT-field and publicing the WOT-news letter. Other activities are structured in projects. Besides these activities, other supporting activities like finances, board and computer maintenance. The articles of the WOT mention several activities that are divided amoungst the following groups:

Advisory group

  • Offering technical advice to developing countries and their representatives.
  • Maintaining a library on the field of appropriate technology, sustainable energy and development issues in general.

Field group

  • Maintaining the WOT test and demonstration field for the purpose of developing and testing appropriate technology.
  • Publicing documentation on the field of appropriate technology, sustainable energy and development issues in general.

Awareness raising

  • Organising courses
  • Organising activities to inform members and other people about developing issues

Advisory Service[edit | edit source]

For more information about the available publications by download and the free-of-charge advisory service, please visit

Contact[edit | edit source]

Postal address

Working group on Development Techniques
University of Twente
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-53-4892845 (+31-53-4893191)

Visiting address

The WOT has a test field where research can be done. At request tours are possible. The WOT also has a small library and documentation centre. We are located in Enschede.

WOT field
Campus University of Twente
Building 31 (Achterhorst)
The Netherlands
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