For close to 20 years, DwB has worked with the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Fredskorpset (FK Norway) and Peter Opsvik AS to address a skills gap in Uganda within product and service design. With partners such as Makerere University’s College of Engineering Design Art and Technology, DwB has endevoured to engage the youth through student competitions, lectures, workshops and internships successfully reaching over 5000 youth between 2015 and 2020.
Still in regard to design training among the youth, one of our most recent initiatives has been our Annual Design Fellowship which aims to engage young design aspirants over 9 months in order to enable the transfer of both theoretical and practical core skills in product and service design and in so doing set a foundation for a comprehensive design course in the near future.
Our workshops, open to groups of all ages, allow our participants to rapidly learn, explore or execute specific phases of the design process within existing or example projects and scenarios. Recent circumstances brought about by the global Covid 19 pandemic have challenged us immensely, but also opened up opportunities to explore new digital platforms that make remote workshops possible.
Another of our recent initiatives is the Design Clinic; a program where innovators can access DwB’s continuous HCD mentorship services all through their projects – this for us is a game changer as it allows DwB to accompany our clients from the start of their projects to the end and through implementation phases.
DwB Fellowship Programme.
To understand project context and challenges and assessing needs.
In the annual DwB Africa fellowship programme we take our fellows through hands-on practical experiences in design projects, supplemented by interesting lectures and talks by our experienced DwB staff.