What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge is a global design competition that calls on the creative community







The What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge is a global design competition that calls on the creative community to come up with game-changing ideas for accommodating, connecting, integrating and helping the personal development of refugees. The challenge specifically focuses on refugees in urban areas, as nearly 60 percent of the world’s 20 million refugees now live in urban areas.

What Design Can Do (WDCD), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the IKEA Foundation invite designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines, including refugees themselves, to take part.



The five best entries will receive up to 10,000 euros each, expert advice and our guidance in developing their concepts into feasible plans, ready for implementation. Both new ideas and existing concepts that deserve further elaboration are eligible. Read more about the process or enter now: the deadline for submissions is 20 May 2016!


Submissions to the What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge will be private until the Feedback/Refinement phase begins on 20 May 2016. Only Challenge Moderators will have access to the ideas to provide initial feedback.

Once the next phase of the Challenge begins, users that are logged in will be able to view, vote, comment, and provide feedback on all ideas.





Challenge Background

Around 60 percent of the world’s 20 million refugees live in urban areas, and that figure is set to rise. Both the receiving cities and the incoming refugees have to adapt to this new reality. Bold, innovative solutions are needed for challenges related to housing, healthcare, education, work, cultural integration and many other areas. Read more

Learn more about the 5 challenge briefings
In shaping the challenge brief, extensive desk and field research was undertaken to identify the issues which experts and refugees alike say urgently require attention. This Challenge hopes to answer five different questions related to the refugee journey. Read more


See the challenge timeline

The WDCD Refugee Challenge is structured along seven phases. The process focuses on idea generation, feedback and improvement, selection of the finalists, acceleration of their ideas and creating the opportunities for implementation. Read more


Get to know our international jury
An international jury of renowned design professionals will judge the entries according to creativity, relevance for refugees and other stakeholders, feasibility, scalability and potential impact. As of today, the first 8 judges have been announced. Read more

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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