COMESA/LLPI and Commonwealth Secretariat organised multi-stakeholder workshop

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 15 – 16 September 2015

What might it take planners of a regional strategy-oriented design studio not to commit to a service design framework until a studio capacity is in place?

This workshop is part of a staged series of activities. They are designed to support the realization of a ‘Regional Design Studio’ for an Africa Leather Footwear and Leather Goods Institute.

Central to this initiative is an ambition to rethink production from a consumer-centric perspective.  Second, to conceive the function of a Research-Oriented Design Studio’ in the context of value creation within the commodity dominant agro-consumer sector.  Specifically within a leather production value chain in this sector.

We engaged in a concept framing exercise to provide initial recommendations, to the council of ministers across nine *COMESA countries.

This process is work in progress. It involves Human-Centered Design methods to explore International demand-driven design product (and associated services) development.

Project Lead Partners: Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) and the Commonwealth Secretariat London in collaboration with GBS Africa.

*COMESA: Common Market for East and South Africa.

Project Team

Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyhija (Executive Director, ALLPI), Dr. Rashmi Banga (Adviser and Head Trade Competitiveness at Commonwealth Secretariat London), Prof. Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam (Leather Sector Value Chain Expert), Mrs. Tigist Hailegiorgis (Event Manager), Dr. Tadesse H Mamo (ALLPI Training, Consultancy and Extension Expert), Mr. Julius Korir (Industrialization Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development in Kenya), Mr. Zewdu Kebede (Programme Co-ordinator COMESA / LLPI), Prof. Abhijit Das (Head at Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), Country Representatives (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Agnes Gitau (GBS Africa) and Ayodeji Alaka (GBS Africa).

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