Design for Development. The Water Challenge
Workshop by Roy Ombatti
Dec 2014

The Challenge

There is a need for a sustainable solution to the water problem in Osiligi as well as other parts of Kenya. The people who live in this region are typically the Maasai who are a pastoralist community. The arid conditions do not allow for growing of food. In addition to the water transportation issue, the water quality is also an issue. Another challenge with regard to the water is a suitable storage system.

The aim of the workshop is to generate ideas of prototypes of appropriate technology solutions that could be used to solve some of the problems that arise from the water problem. The issue in itself is very vast and broad so the teams are free to decide on what aspect of the water problem they would like to tackle and then address that during the workshop.


The curriculum of these sessions is based on the International Development Design Summit (IDDS), an intense, hands-on design experience that brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life to create technologies and enterprises that improve the lives of people living in poverty. Read more about IDDS.

The issues and project example that are used in the workshop are based on real projects and challenges, such as water storage, transportation and sanitation in rural community in southern Kenya. The feedback and data collected when usefull, might be utilized to develop a design toolkit.

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