The Adjumani Design Challenge was initiated by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) with the goal to empower refugee and host-community youth with design thinking skills for community development. In order to enhance peaceful coexistence and build self-reliance and resilience among the refugees and host communities, DwB facilitated human centred design thinking workshops where both refugee and host community youth were given practical skills to develop innovative solutions to some of their most critical challenges.
The 'Adjumani Design Challenge' (ADC) programme hosted both refugees and host-community youth from Adjumani district in North-West Uganda, a community hosting 200,000 South Sudanese refugees. Set in a very fragile and sensitive community, DWB used a Human Centered Design approach to enable the young people to work together to identify pragmatic solutions for existing problems.
They consisted of both genders, and with education levels ranging from primary school to diplomas. The participants came from several different villages and refugee settlements, were divided into six teams, with a mix from host- and refugee communities. Show Less
DwB designed the training program which was composed of six workshops, each covering two days, taking part in the weekends to accommodate the participants who were in school. During the workshops, participants were gathered for training and in-between the workshops, the teams conducted field work.
Through the workshops the participants were taken through a redesigned HCD process that was applicable to non-designers, practicing individual steps and using a wide range of design tools, methods and practices.
Every new method introduced followed the same pattern; the facilitators presented the method and made a demonstration, involved the participants, then had the teams try the methods and apply it to their self-chosen project (“Hear, Try, Apply”). Every session started and ended with joint and individual reflection on the process, understanding how the different steps relate to the overall process of designing meaningful, relevant, useful and desirable solutions.