Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Design Museum Foundation is developing the "Design Networking Hub", a contemporary knowledge and networking platform to support German-Kenyan cooperation projects in the field of design and architecture.

Practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries

As a digital knowledge and networking platform, the Design Networking Hub is intended to provide all essential information for the implementation of (German-Kenyan) cooperation projects, which include, for example, recorded lectures, handouts, videos, address and contact pools and best practice examples. Thus, a practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries of both countries has been established which connects designers, architects and creators from different disciplines and enables them to independently initiate and implement cooperation projects. Introducing different individual strengths, expertise and experience leads to mutual learning and unfolds great innovative potential.

Exchange on an equal footing

An important concern of the Design Networking Hub is the exchange of ideas and information etc. on an equal footing, in which all participants learn from each other and develop together. Young designers and architects are enabled to bring business ideas / non-profit concepts to market in innovative, cross-border co-productions, or to transfer innovations / ideas to the other market.

Pilot group

To make the information offered by the Design Networking Hub as user-oriented as possible, a pilot group of five German and five Kenyan young designers / architects was recruited to work in small teams through the entire process of a bilateral cooperation project and jointly develop new product, business ideas or non-profit concepts in the fields of mobility, housing and digitalisation - from brainstorming, planning and implementation to financing and the consideration of necessary legal aspects. During a project phase of about one year, the young designers and architects were intensively supported by the team of the Design Networking Hub. Digital events were organised and on certain occasions participants came together in face-to-face sessions. The progress of the project is documented on the website. In the end, a large digital store of knowledge will be created that will motivate and enable more creative minds from Kenya and Germany to successfully implement (joint) projects.

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Pilot Group


Perfect cooperation partners

Germany and Kenya have traditionally maintained close and mutually beneficial relations. Kenya is not only Germany's most important trading partner in East Africa, but has also developed into the region's strongest economic power since the turn of the millennium. Infrastructure and the middle class are undergoing massive growth, and the political system is largely stable, making Kenya an important security factor in East Africa. The country, in which about three quarters of the population is younger than 30, also has a diverse creative scene where world trends and regional and local developments often merge into something new. It is not without reason that Kenya, also known as "Silicon Savannah", is home to Africa's most modern start-ups.

Germany, in turn, is very well embedded in the global economy and, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2018, is a global innovation beacon with a high volume of investment. A strong entrepreneurial culture, interaction and diversity help to distinguish Germany as a "super innovator" from other innovation centres. Thus, Germany is developing into a hub for the creative scene of the 21st century.

Design Networking Hub to help getting started

When starting out in professional life, economic and specific know-how is fundamental, especially for young designers and architects. Many are also interested in adequate financing models and appreciate good, versatile networks - not only nationally, but above all internationally.

Cultural and creative projects connect people worldwide and create new social and economic perspectives. Their innovative strength penetrates other sectors of the economy and they are often pioneers for the working world of tomorrow.

It is precisely in the two-way development of international creative minds, in which each individual has different strengths, expertise and experience, and can contribute these to joint projects, that great innovative potential lies.

In order to make it easier for young designers / architects to initiate international cooperation projects for the German and Kenyan market and to start their professional life / self-employment, the Design Networking Hub supports them with professional advice, specialist knowledge / additional qualifications (covering entrepreneurial, creative and technical skills) and access to new markets, networks and financing models.

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