Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities. We realize this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

We often build what we call Productive Public Spaces (PPS).

Productive Public Spaces are:
  1. 1. Formerly unusable and sometimes unsafe areas that become active public spaces such as community meeting areas, vegetable gardens, and micro-enterprise and recreation spaces, along with basic infrastructure (e.g. sanitation, bridges, walkways).
  2. 2. Conceived, constructed and managed by the people who use them, in collaboration with local and international partners.
  3. 3. Income-generating, socially constructive, and sustainable.
  4. 4. Projects that would otherwise not be realized through traditional channels.
  5. 5. Targeted areas that employ strong design concepts to create beautiful places.
  6. 6. Catalysts by which communities improve the social, economic, and environmental lives of their residents.
KDI believes in organizational transparency and is registered with GuideStar, an online database of nonprofit information. You can find details regarding KDI's governance, finances, accomplishments, needs and more at our GuideStar profile.

Kounkuey Design Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is incorporated in the state of California. Kounkuey Design Initiative is registered with the NGO Coordination Board of Kenya (Reg No: OP.218/051/13-0205/9087).