Selection Criteria

Selection Process

Nominated projects will be pre-screened by the Project Development Officer for the World Design Impact Prize to confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria before passing them along to the Review Panel. The Panel will meet in September and October and assess projects to produce a shortlist of finalists announced on 20 November 2013.

The Icsid Membership will select a winner from the shortlist starting 18 November 2013 to 20 December 2013.

Three finalists will be announced on 27 January 2014 and the winner will be announced on 28 February 2014 at the World Design Capital® International Design Gala in Cape Town (South Africa).


Successful projects must meet the criteria outlined below:

Impact: Showcase the impact the project has on the quality of life of the community for which it is intended

  1. Is the intended beneficiary society well defined?
  2. Has the project described the “what” and “how”?
  3. Has the project identified target outcomes?
  4. Has the project involved the intended society of interest?

Innovation: The combination of new and old approaches, the probability of transference of the core idea, potential replication of technology used in the project and opportunity for reverse innovation

  1. Are there elements of the project (best practices) that can be universally shared?
  2. How well has the project utilised the concept of prototypes and feedback to improve its concept?
  3. How well has the project used methods to compensate for lack of access to production technology?
  4. How well does the project incorporate locally relevant approaches?

Context: The relevance of the project to the community it is created for and a reflection of the local economic environment, infrastructure and culture in the design

  1. Did the project understand the needs of the society of interest?
  2. Has the project partnered with other organisations (beyond financial partnerships) in the development process?
  3. How well has the project identified a leadership team or a governance/management structure?
  4. How well does the project compliment or build on the existing infrastructure (physical, political, cultural etc.)?

Ease of Use: The reliability, maintenance, sustainability, affordability and use of locally relevant materials and suppliers in the design

  1. Is the project affordable and durable?
  2. Is the project easy to maintain and are replacement parts easily available?
  3. Is the project easy to use or run (is additional training and education needed by the intended beneficiaries)?
  4. Is the project environmentally sustainable?