A partner for sustainable urban development

Who we are

We are a young and dynamic not-for-profit organisation with offices in Namibia, Zambia and Switzerland. Our focus is on sustainable urban development and urban poverty reduction.

Development Workshop Namibia (DWN) was founded in December 2016 and today has projects in more than 15 towns, with 25 employees, headquarters in Windhoek and seven field offices. We currently implement projects with an overall amount of EUR 2 million per year.

Development Workshop Zambia (DWZ) was founded in March 2022 and is currently in a project development phase with one staff member and an office in Lusaka. We will start with the implementation of the housing and ECD programmes in the course of 2023.

Development Workshop Switzerland (DWS) was founded in February 2022 with the aim to establish a Swiss and European based network for fundraising and collaboration. DWS employs two part-time employees.

We are part of a worldwide network of Development Workshop (DW) organisations such as Development Workshop Angola, but independent in terms of governance, management and finances. Development Workshop was founded in 1975 by three architectural students in the UK with the objective to improve the lives and livelihoods of poor and disadvantaged communities with a specific focus on human settlements. Over the last 40 years, DW organisations have implemented many award-winning and successful programmes in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.