About Us

Design without Borders is founded with the conviction that design and designers can contribute to improving lives of people in low and middle-income countries and areas of crisis.

Founded initially as a programme under the Norwegian Foundation for Design and Architecture (Norsk Form) in 2001, the organisation has worked successfully with many leaders in the fields of international development, including the World Food Programme, UNICEF and Norwegian People’s Aid, to design appropriate solutions and services that serve disadvantaged and crisis-affected populations.

Today, Design without Borders is both an independent non-profit foundation in Norway and a commercial design office in Uganda.

Since 2014, our focus has been in Uganda where we have established a design consultancy that employs local and international designers. Located in Kampala, Design without Borders Uganda Ltd offers services to private and public clients and partners in the East Africa region.  The Kampala office was established with the generous support from the Norwegian Development Cooperation (NORAD), FK Norway and Peter Opsvik AS. 

All operational activities, both commercial and donor-funded, are implemented by the Kampala office. The administrative Head Office in Oslo is responsible for fundraising and overseeing the implementation of the donor funded programmes.


Services we Provide

  • Designing Solutions

We pair designers with local and international partners to develop innovative solutions across the disciplines of industrial, service and systems oriented design

  • Design Training

We offer training in the use and management of human-centred design processes for organisations, businesses and individuals working in low and middle-income countries and areas of crisis.


  • Scaling Innovations

We help our partners develop strategies and find needed resources to expand the reach of proven innovations. We provide visualisations, models, prototypes, manufacturing specifications and testing requirements needed for developing successful business plans and accessing funding to scale. 

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