DPMI Kenya

Dates: May 6-15, 2019


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is partnering with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) to host an immersive Design Bootcamp in East Africa. The Design Bootcamp will train participants from AKF, MIIS, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and others in various approaches to design, such as Human Centered Design, Appreciative Inquiry, Stakeholder Analysis, and Theory of Change.

Participants will use these approaches to engage with local stakeholders to design innovative initiatives intended to improve quality of life in AKDN core geographies. Participants completing the Design Bootcamp will receive a certificate in Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) from MIIS.


The objectives of the Design Bootcamp are as follows:

  1. Develop actionable, innovative designs for AKDN initiatives intended to improve quality of life in core geographies.
  2. Facilitate a diverse group of participants to engage deeply with local stakeholders (civil society, government, private sector, community members) in the design of innovative initiatives intended to improve quality of life.
  3. Provide AKF/AKDN staff with high quality training in diverse design methodologies, leading to a university recognised certification.
  4. Provide MIIS students, and other participants, with a highly practical learning opportunity that places them in a real-world situation, and generates products that will be useful to AKF/AKDN and other local stakeholders.

Design Challenge:

The particular design challenges for the Bootcamp will be determined in consultation with local, regional, and global AKF/AKDN staff. Design Bootcamps will have multiple challenges based on emerging needs, opportunities and priorities in the focal core geography.


The Design Bootcamp will be held in the Kenya Coast Region. Teaching would be centered on Mombasa at the Aga Khan Academy, but practical engagement with communities may take place anywhere between Kilifi County in the North and Kwale County in the South.

*Future iterations of the Design Bootcamp may be held annually in other AKDN core geographies in East Africa and beyond.


The cohort of the Design Bootcamp is intentionally small in size to maximize engagement between participants and with instructors, with no more than 30 participants enrolled. This will include a combination of MIIS graduate students, current staff of AKF/AKDN, and mid-career practitioners from other organisations.


Current students, professionals, and career changers should apply here.

There is no fee to apply. A deposit of $500 USD is due two weeks after admission to confirm your place in the program. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the program start date. For more information, contact us at dpmi@miis.edu or 831-647-6417.