Exploring Co-design in the Global South: A Case of a Ugandan Organisation

Barbora Surá & Borbála Kun

Student thesis: Master thesis


The method of co-design is being applied in various national contexts around the world, however, there has been very little research done on its application in contexts radically different from its origin. Drawing on a single case study of a Ugandan organisation that uses co-design as its method of work, this master’s thesis examines the employees’ practice of facilitation in Ugandan co-design workshops. The paper reveals that various aspects of the Ugandan context influence the facilitation process of co-design workshops, such as the countries’ hierarchical societal structure, the extensive presence of humanitarian development agencies, the country’s insufficient infrastructure, and Ugandans’ limited international exposure. Moreover, Ugandans’ distrust in foreigners plays an important role, as well as the incompatibilities of co-design techniques with Ugandan values. The paper suggests a list of competencies that can help a facilitator adjust the practice of co-design to the Ugandan context or other countries of the global South with similar characteristics.

EducationsOther, (Graduate Programme) Final ThesisMSocSc in Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2021
Number of pages95
SupervisorsThilde Langevang