Welcome to Social Impact Design!

Social Design or Human Centred design has become a real movement across the globe with more and more designers wanting to use their creative skills to solve real problems and human needs.

The Masters of Integrated Design Studies class 2015 at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, together with Professor Mark Kwami spent the summer semester researching into the subject. This website is a multidisciplinary consolidation that aims to give a first orientation to the subject of Social Impact Design.

The results of our collaborative efforts have been consolidated into this website which is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in Social Impact Design. We hope you find information in this website valuable and we invite you to collaborate with us.


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Social Impact Design: MAID 2015 CampusFest Exhibit

Aaron Roselo

Join us on 17.07.2015, from 9-11am, Building 4 at the Hochschule Anhalt CampusFest as we proudly present our Social Impact Design project.

Featuring projects by the Hochschule Anhalt MAID 2015 Summer Semester students: Macarena Alamos, Omer Asim, Daniel Baron, Marcela Gonzalez, Ruitao Guan, Malinee Kulkarumpusi, Liana Lessa, Qinyu Li, Natchayar Porwangsawang, Aaron Roselo, Paulo Santos, Veronica Rivera, Livins Varghese and Ghazal Tabandeh.

Under the supervision of Prof. Mark Kwami. Read more for the entire event programme.


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Problem to be solved: Crop Storage and Protection

Economic Solidary Enterprise (EES) in Brazil are informal and therefore cannot sell to big markets; only 17% sell their products on shop. Lack of production chain and network. Asta Network aims
to creating a direct sales network formed by self-employed professionals increasing the demand
for the products, consequently of the production, generating a steady income to all involved.


As soon as Asta gets to it´s breakeven point, it´ll become a social tecnology and will be able to be
scaled and implemented anywhere there are small producers aiming to climb theirselves out of
poverty. Asta offers verymarket and a huge network. It result is income generation, social and
economic inclusion, emancipation and entreprenourship fostering, society mobilization and
conscient consumption.

Designer: Alice Freitas
URL: Redeasta
Country: Brazil
Year: —

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Backpack + Toolkit

Problem to be solved: Solution for Health Workers

Seven million children are estimated to die from malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. every year
due to lack of basic health resources. The Backpack PLUS toolkit is a first step to help CHWs deliver
the core healthcare services often sorely lacking in vulnerable communities all around the world.


Consistent packing design helps CHWs work more efficiently. Smartphone-based digital solu-
tions complete the package to help CHWs effectively diagnose patients, restock their supplies,
and report on their visits. To close the loop, an iconic CHW emblem establishes quality of service
and value delivered to communities.

Designer: UNICEF + 60 Other Organizations
URL: Backpack Plus Toolkit
Country: Uganda
Year: —

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Moneymaker Block Press

Problem to be solved: Block Making a Business

Farmers are used to putting their money in the ground for short periods while they wait for the
harvest. A payback period of one to two years will be unacceptable to them and so it is unacceptable
to KickStart. This Block press is a business model created by farmers’ needs.


The press makes strong and durable building blocks from soil mixed with a small percentage of
cement, compressed at high pressure and cured for ten days. Five to eight workers can produce
400 to 800 blocks a day using the press.

Country: Africa
Year: —

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W.AFATE 3D Printer

Problem to be solved: Recycle E-Waste

Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste. It already
is a huge environmental problem in Africa. The massive dump in the Agbogbloshie suburb of
Ghana alone collects hundreds of tons of discarded computers and other toxic e-waste from
Europe and the U.S. each month.


Togolese inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou created the first 3D printer from electronic waste. Afate
built the printer for less than US$100, using rails and belts from old scanners, parts of discarded
desktop computers, and etc. from e-waste dumps. advocacy of recycling such waste for the
social and economic benefit of African households, schools and cyber-cafes.

Designer: Kodjo Afate Gnikou
Country: Germany/Ghana
Year: —

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Cucula Workshop

Problem to be solved: Refugees’ Craft and Design

Along with politicians, artists and collaborators, CUCULA is engaging in practical solutions, to help
people holding refugee status to escape social isolation and the related stigma. A design manu-
facture for sustainable products is growing in a former factory along the Spree river in Berlin.
Refugees are here given the opportunity to learn and experiment collectively.


CUCULA gives people, for whom the doors of society are locked, access to education. CUCULA
establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and
at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life.

Designer: CUCULA
Country: Germany
Year: —

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Ikea Flatpack Shelter

Problem to be solved: Shelter for Refugees

Millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living
in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter. On World Refugee Day
in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and
solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.


By unveiling a comfortable, solar-powered shelter can provide emergency housing for natural
disaster victims and refugees. they can be set up in a snap to provide immediate shelter for
those in need.

Designer: IKEA Foundation and UNCHR
URL: IKEA Foundation
Country: Africa
Year: 2013

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Treadle Pump

Problem to be solved: Eco-Friendly Architecture

Millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living
in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter. On World Refugee Day
in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and
solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.


Treadle pumps free farmers from dependence on rain-fed irrigation, provide capacity to raise
crops in two growing seasons per year, and help farmers maximize return on their small plots
of land. Pump prices, including installation, range between US$20 and $100 based on country of
purchase and type of pump.

Designer: IDEOrg
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 1985

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Problem to be solved: Storage to Protect Crops

According the United Nations, 45% of fruits and vegetables is spoiled before it reaches the market.
This means that almost half of the labour and investments are wasted as well! In other words it
is impossible to be productive without a decent storage to protect the crops.


Wakati One is an innovative technology that increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables for
smallholder farmers in developing countries. With a small solar panel of just 3 Watts, Wakati
creates a sterilized micro climate that dramatically increase the shelf life of these crops.

Designer: Ame Pauwels
URL: Wakati
Country: Africa
Year: 2013

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