Addressing Mobility in Rural Africa Through Design

Welcome to the Made in Africa Mobility Lab. This website serves as both a repository of project outcomes as well as a portal for organizations interested in collaborating with our team on designs for mobility developed in the Africa context. The ultimate aim of the program is to strengthen African capacity in making devices for people with disabilities by:

  • Including local actors by designing with rather than for people with disabilities in Africa
  • Creating local employment
  • Promoting sustainable development

Since the program’s inception in 2012, we have had undergraduate and graduate students at Carleton’s School of Industrial Design contribute to designing new devices as well as engaging in research that addresses some of the overarching program questions. This has been accomplished through funding from the IDRC (International Development Research Centre) in Ottawa, Canada and most recently the Promobilia Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

The undergraduate students worked on these projects for their 4th year capstone projects and also contributed as Research Assistants at the Made in Africa Laboratory in Uganda. Graduate students worked on projects related to overarching research questions pertaining to impact, sustainable development and business scalability. The funding has enabled students and faculty and collaborators to travel to Uganda to perform fieldwork in Kampala and Kasese.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, pleaseĀ contact us for more information.