AFRICA-DESIGN is a Design Society initiative to build a network of design researchers, educators, and practitioners based in African countries with particular emphasis on design for sustainable development; and to link them with colleagues in the worldwide design community. The initiative builds on the perception of mutual learning opportunities in the challenges that we all share.

The continent of Africa presents a great challenge and opportunity for sustainable development in the coming decades as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Design Society and its members have a strong commitment to sustainable design but Society membership from is African countries is very limited.

The Society aims to serve as a community builder leveraging a number of existing relationships between its members and colleagues in African countries, as well as cultivating new ones with academic, government, and other organizations.

AFRICA-DESIGN Network Inventory

As a first step, the Society is developing an inventory of interest from design researchers, educators, and practitioners active in design for SDGs, based in Africa and their current and potential partners.  If you are interested in participating in this initiative please submit the form

DESIGN 2020 Workshop and Session at Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia, 18 May 2020

Following the ICED2019 Workshop *see below), another workshop is planned for next year at the DESIGN 2020 conference. If you are interested in participating please indicate your interest in the form above. If you would like to be involved in its planning please contact  Susanne Nilsson.  A Session on Design for Sustainable Development is also planned; full papers must be submitted by 15 November 2019 see DESIGN 2020. If you have questions on this session please contact  Panos Papalambros.


To facilitate communication among registered members to the network and workshop participants, the DESIGN-AFRICA Group has been created. Please use the link to join

ICED 2019 Workshop at Delft, The Netherlands, 5 August 2019

A workshop on design for global sustainable development was conducted during The Design Society’s International Engineering Design Conference (ICED 2019) in Delft, The Netherlands, see A key goal of the workshop was to begin to identify the needs and wants of Africa-based design researchers, educators, and practitioners working on sustainable development. Results of the workshop are included below


For further information, please contact Susanne NilssonMargareta Norell, or Panos Papalambros.

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