Water For Development


The Water, Engineering and Development Centre is one of the world’s leading education and research institutes for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for sustainable development and emergency relief.

We focus on solutions for people in low- and middle-income countries, helping to provide evidence-based answers to important questions – not only about what needs to be done to improve basic infrastructure and essential services – but also how to go about it.

Founded in 1971, WEDC is based in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, one of the top award-winning UK universities. This provides a sound basis for scrutiny of all we do: WEDC is regulated, and being part of a leading University gives us a recognised platform of independence and quality.

What makes us stand out from the crowd is our outreach to practitioners – using our knowledge base and our applied research work to develop the capacity of individuals and organizations throughout the world, promoting the integration of social, technical, economic, institutional and environmental activities as a prerequisite for development.


The WEDC team is multi-disciplinary, comprising academic, professional and support staff. In addition, we call on the services of associates with specialist expertise who work regularly with us.

We have extensive experience of low- and middle-income countries, facing challenges with solutions that have been proven to work. We update our work continually by new assignments. Many of us have worked professionally in developing countries for government departments, local government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consultants.


  • Education: Teaching, learning and capacity building underpin sustainable developments in water, sanitation and hygiene: Education is the sine qua non – the indispensable condition of development. It won't happen without it.
  • Knowledge and research: Knowledge is central to progress. It's not just the generation of new knowledge through research, but using existing knowledge to the full, and working seriously on dissemination and uptake.
Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director