The 2017 International Design Conference is the 4th in the series of the design conference first launched in Nairobi in 2009 under the auspices of the Network of Afrika Designers (NAD). The conference is a biennial event hosted on a rotational basis by African universities and derives its name from the host city. The 2017 edition is therefore being hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana hence the name NAD-KIDEC (KUMASI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE) 2017.
The NAD-KIDEC 2017 theme: Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: the role of Indigenous Design Concepts will be held from 19-21 July, 2017 in Kumasi, Ghana.
The KIDEC 2017 theme is a follow up on the KIDEC 2015 theme held in Kampala - Design Unlimited: Indigenous Design Processes for Development. While we greed that modern designs giants owe a lot of their successes to the indigenous designs, we feel that much can be achieved for the Sustainable Development Goals through indigenous concepts, practices and ideas; especially in Africa. The theme therefore is chosen to reflect how through indigenous processes in design, can be used in the successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.