Calling for Design Proposals: Sustainable Development Centre in Mayukwayuukwa Refugee Camp

November 30, 2022

Zambia has been generous host to refugees since 1966 when the Angolan revolution against the Portuguese spread to the east of the country forcing people to flee for safety in neighbouring Zambia.

Almost 60 years later, Zambia is still receiving refugees from a long list of countries, with a predominance of Congolese, Burundians and Somalis. There are a total of about 105,000 refugees in camps and settlements in Zambia of which 65,000 are Congolese and 20,000 are Angolan.

Since the creation of those camps, several non-profit organisation (NGOs) have been actively working in creating community development programmes among refugees in response to their requests. They operate along with UNHCR and the Zambian Government making sure that their dignity and worth are assured.


This competition is calling for proposals to design a new sustainable development centre in the Mayukwayuukwa refugee camp, the oldest refugee settlement in Africa, with the focus on using local and sustainable materials and easy-to-build construction techniques that can be replicable by the refugees when building their own houses. 

The new sustainable development centre will have three main functions: host volunteers, staff and NGO members; organise workshops and courses; and support local authorities in the implementation of programmes and activities. The assigned plot has a dimension of 120m x 120m and the programme will include six bedrooms for volunteers, three classrooms/ multipurpose spaces, an office, a kitchen with dining area, bathrooms, an orchard and a small farm, and several areas for outdoor activities.

The building will start its construction in 2023. PROVS organises volunteer trips where participants are able to help in constructions, participate in workshops and get involved in programmes with the local people. For this project they will also organise a volunteer trip around July 2023 (dates to be confirmed), and all are invited to participate.


Any architecture student or professional architect can participate in MAYUKWAYUKWA: a sustainable development center in Zambia, regardless of their nationality. Likewise, people from other disciplines can also participate, such as engineers, philosophers, sociologists, photographers, etc. It is not necessary to have an architect on the team, although it is recommended. 

All team members must be 18 years of age or older. 

Registration fee must be paid per team, regardless of the number of members (1-4 people). 

Under no circumstances may jurors, the organisation or persons directly related to the jury participate in this competition.


1st place – 6.000€ + Project Construction
2nd place – 2.000€
3rd place – 1.000€
2 x Special Honourable Mention – 500€
10 x Honourable Mentions


26 October 2022 – 23 November 2022: Early Registration Period
24 November 2022 – 21 December 2022: Regular Registration Period
22 December 2022 – 18 January 2023: Advanced Registration Period
19 January 2023 – 15 February 2023: Late Registration Period
15 February 2023: Submission Deadline
15 March 2023: Winners Announced

Submission & Registration

Download the information related to this competition here.

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