Awards & Competitions - in Africa

Place and Displacement – A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements

Registration Deadline: February 1st, 2017 11:59 PM EST

Cost: $30 early ( Dec 3, 2016) / $50 regular (Dec 4 – Dec 31, 2016) / $70 late (Jan 1 – Feb 1, 2017)

Submission Deadline : February 1st, 2017 11:59 PM EST

Workshop: March 31st, 2017

Symposium: April 1st, 2017


Call for Submissions – Place and Displacement: A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements.


We challenge the innovative minds around the globe to design a marketplace with an operational planfor a vulnerable population (adolescents, single mothers, people with trauma, etc) in one of the refugee settlements in Kenya, Jordan and Germany.

Refugee livelihoods in transitional settlements have become a crucial topic in contemporary geopolitical relations.

Most inhabitants in refugee settlements rely on humanitarian aid and cannot fully exercise their agency and skill sets. A marketplace can become an embodiment of dignity and resilience that respects refugee inhabitants’ autonomy, creativity and capability. Through trading activities, refugee inhabitants can connect with the world and future beyond the settlements.

Specific requirements, objectives, deliverables and evaluation criteria can be found in the Brief below.


Total: $30,000

  • 1 Overall Winning Team  $3,000 / One overall winning team will be selected at the final symposium and rewarded an additional $3,000.
  • 3 Winning Teams  $7,000 Per Team / Each winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000, and round trip flight tickets and accommodation in New York City worth $4,000 per team (maximum 2 people per team). Winning teams will participate in an immersive 24-hour workshop, and present their proposals at a symposium to policy makers, architects, academics, NGOs, and philanthropists.
  • 6 Honorable Mentions $1,000 Per Team / Each tem will be awarded $1,000

* All awarded proposals will be presented to a group of related humanitarian organizations and philanthropies with credits to participants.

11 Architects + 8 United Nations Representatives and Directors + 7 Scholars + 5 NGO Leaders

Refugee settlements
Image Courtesy of IDeA


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For further information 

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Download the information related to this competition in the competition Brief.

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