Kounkuey Design Initiative

nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE (KDI) transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments (Productive Public Spaces) that improve their daily lives. Begun in 2006, KDI is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable development.

Designing for Better Health


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In these uncertain times, a well-developed skill set is not enough. It takes ingenuity and talent to market a message to the masses - one that is personally identifiable and fulfilling an unmet need. This is what I aim to achieve in my work.

Bora Wear

According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Program, there are roughly one million unemployed young women in Kenya, who cannot find work in the formal or the jua kali (informal) sector. Given this massive problem, Bora Wear's goal is to sell production knowledge to motivated groups of girls, so they can develop their own manufacturing facilities of 5-10 individuals, what we call micro-manufacturing. Our focus is to make these groups both self-sustaining and capable of producing consistently high quality products.


1° 17' 43.8396" S, 36° 49' 15.8052" E

How Heart


How Heart ignites empathy in popular culture through the art of giving. We believe that by tackling how we give to others, we can enter the most important conversations to break down social barriers in our personal lives, work, and communities. We're a service inspiring empathy for positive change.


SILVR is a VR education platform that immerses students in cinematic, interactive experiences. Through this, we want to inspire students to go out into the world and make a real difference.

Bidean: Co-design workshops for mental health

The project consists of running co-design workshops with people with mental health problems. These workshops entail design-led methods that enable patient-need mapping and idea generation to address those needs. The workshops have a duration of 6 weeks and guide participants through models, brainstorming and role plays to help participants identifie problems and create design outcomes to address them.  


United Kingdom
51° 28' 43.5144" N, 0° 7' 15.4632" W


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Strooder is a 3d printing filament maker. It produces inexpensive filament from raw or recycled plastic pellets. Provides cost benefit and customization of 3d printing materials as well as colour choice when being safe and easy to use.