The WDCD Refugee Challenge

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The WDCD Refugee Challenge was the first global creative competition initiated by What Design Can Do. Launched in 2015 with the support of partners IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR, the challenge was officially closed with a grand finale on 7 March, 2017 in Amsterdam. On this day, the 5 finalists gathered to present their developed concepts and business cases for the final time. 

The winning projects were first announced during WDCD Live Amsterdam 2016, by none other than the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders. Throughout the entire challenge process, our international jury were hugely impressed with the scale of involvement that the challenge inspired. The staggering number of 631 entries came from mixed teams most of which had engaged meaningfully on the Challenge.

Read more about the exciting finale at our blog, or take a look at all 25 of the shortlisted projects below.

 

WINNER 3: EAT & MEET

BY Kinnunen, Legleye, Marshall, Sougrati / Various Countries

WINNER 5: REFRAME REFUGEES

BY Marie-Louise Diekema, Tim Olland / The Netherlands

ACADEMIC HUB TO MEET & CREATE

BY Cross Hands Architecture / PORTUGAL

A VOTE TO GIVE REFUGEES A VOICE

By Giacomo Boffo, Oana Clitan / The Netherlands

SHORT-CUT TO EMPLOYMENT

BY The Working Refugees / The Netherlands

INSIGHT INTO RIGHTS GIVES PEACE

BY Ishiyetaa Saxena, Jaivardhan Singh / India

COVERS TO CHASE AWAY MONSTERS

By Lodewijk de Vries, Diederik Derkzen / The Netherlands

REFUGEES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

By Brenda Waegemaekers, Michael Bien / The Netherlands