The Engineering in Development book series forms part of our wider knowledge gathering process. The project draws together some of the theory, the lessons and the ‘know-how’ that we have collected after more than a decade of supporting academic research and practically contributing to poverty alleviation projects.

All the contributors to these books are volunteers, who have compiled these books alongside their other commitments.  This encapsulates perfectly the enthusiasm, the passion and the desire for change of the Engineers Without Borders movement.

You can download low resolution digital copies of the book for free via the links below and we hope that these will be widely shared.  High resolution printed and digital versions are also available for purchase, on a print-on-demand basis.


Planning and preparation are two of the most important ingredients of any successful project. Engineering in Development: Pre-departure draws on much of the material delivered to Engineers Without Borders UK volunteers at the pre-departure course prior to them departing on their international placements.



Engineering in Development: Transport focuses on how to improve transport systems from an engineering perspective. A wide range of appropriate technologies – from bicycle trailer ambulances to culverts – help provide important ideas and guidance for development engineers working in the sector.



Energy enables technology that can improve quality of life for the world’s poorest communities. Access to reliable energy supplies allows women to cook without having to inhale toxic smoke, permits life-saving vaccines to be kept cool and empowers farmers by increasing agricultural yields with irrigation systems.



Engineering in Development – Pre-departure

Engineering in Development – Transport

Engineering in Development – Energy