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


Winners Announced! The three winners will each receive a prize of USD $5000.

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Competition Winners: The top three entries will win USD $5000 each. After the judges select the 10-15 finalists from the entire competition, the Changemakers online community will vote for 3 winners from among the finalists. Early Entry Prize: The best entry submitted by 6:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 18, 2009 will win a camcorder and digital camera (Equal value of USD $1000). Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status—all entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.
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nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

GreenLoo provides a public health service: it is a portable dry toilet that targets rural areas that suffer from the lack of sanitation. It also uses the human waste (urine and feces) and transforms it into a fertilizer throughout a simple process.

Future Village NEPAL

nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

Future Village is a sustainable development project operating education, health, livelihood projects in a Nepalese village. Project CHANCE will allow vulnerable locals in an obliterated area another shot at poverty alleviation and disaster management via citizen participation in community building.

WUW (walk your way)

for profit

WUW is a project to create shoes that makes happy the one who wear them and the one who makes them ! They will bring back awareness to artisans in India and to their hard work and intelligence. WUW shoes will be a product with a story to preserve and spread to others.



Project focuses on introducing Green Concepts to Sri Lankans to create an Eco-cult era to make the lives Standard. 200 Green Projects in schools, 100 projects in villages, A research, Generalized Green Standard are among the activities which will be showcased through a reality show.

Amygdala Bamboo

for profit

Sela Awi are a bamboo birdcage village and well known for their skills. But its a segmented market, sometimes the profit are not enough to fulfill their basic needs. Amygdala try to help them by designing new product based on their skill and make a brand to broaden the market and increase demands.