A closer look at all our projects

Since our first project in 1999 we have been quite busy. Here you find an overview of all the projects that we have worked on, or are still working on. Would you like more info? We highlighted 6 of our current projects on this page.

2016

Benin – a contextualised pilot lesson of the Learning about Living cross-media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity. The pilot lesson is made available for both eLearning and mLearning.
Partners: OneWorld UK, UNFPA, APESSA and EtriLab
Egypt– The tenth school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Education For Employment Egypt, Work in Progress

 

Somaliland– The ninth school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Shaqodoon, Work in Progress

Nigeria– The eight school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Poise Nigeria, Work in Progress

Nigeria/Somalia/Egypt- The program aims to improve the economic prospects of young people, by building their skills to find a job and stimulate entrepreneurship. Butterfly Works is supporting three partners in setting up a new Bits school in each country.

Partners: Oxfam Novib, Venture Capital for Africa, and IOM

Yemen – Together with Yemeni writers and artist we are co-creating and developing mobile games for GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The mobile games aim to encourage and support peace building and stability in Yemen.
Partner: GIZ

Kenya/Indonesia – Together with dance4life we are doing a research project on peer education sessions and what makes a good trainer.
Partner: dance4life

 

Kenya – The second contextualised version of the life skills and entrepreneurship platform.

Partner: Rutgers, Edukans

India – A mHealth application providing practical information and busting myths on menstruation for men and women.

Partner: Simavi, Bihar Voluntary Health Association

Mali – A digital curriculum to support the teaching skills and methodology of teachers in Mali.
Partner: Oxfam Novib, Comic Relief, Femmes et TIC
Cambodia – Back in 2012 we developed an interactive cross-media platform on sexual health and rights, education and life skills together with One World UK. For UNICEF we added two extra lessons to this curriculum on violence against children.
Partner: UNICEF, OneWorld UK, PHD association

 

website: www.youthchhlat.org

East Africa – Tunga is an initiative of Butterfly Works and Ernesto Spruyt and connects African software developers directly to paid international software tasks. It encourages transparency, collaboration and allows software companies to create a following of developers.
Partners: Mobbr, DOEN Foundation, Dioraphte, Edukans, Triodos Bank, Trust Law

website: tunga.io

2015

Worldwide – Oh My Body enables young people to access relevant SRHR information on intimate subjects on their mobile devices, without necessary intervention by adults or peers. The app contains short animated stories, FAQ’s, games, myth busters as well as practical tips.

Worldwide – The GEM+ toolkit facilitates sustainable agricultural market and value chain development to empower smallholders, promote women’s economic leadership, and manage risks, including those associated with climate change. Butterfly Works was in charge of making a user friendly and online version.
Partner: Oxfam GB

website: www.gemtoolkit.org

Malawi – With Hot topic we explored different forms of how to include youth’s voices in advocacy towards policies and programmes aimed at youth, and, more importantly to align these policies and programmes with the needs and wishes of young people.
Partner: CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality

Worldwide – Butterfly Works designed and developed a concrete tool for dance4life which guides facilitators in how to motivate and support their students to activate their SRHR knowledge.
Partner: dance4life

Ethiopia – For ICCO we developed an online curriculum merging SRHR, entrepreneurship and computer skills. Workshops with out-of-school youth resulted in a programme completely adapted to their lives and likes.
Partners: ICCO, DEC, Dorcas, Edukans, Rutgers, 360 ground, 40Rover, Red een Kind

website: readysteadyethiopia.org

Worldwide – Butterfly Works transformed Cordaid’s paper version of the Food Security & Fragility toolkit into a user-friendly, easy to navigate digital version by putting the user in the center of the transformation process.
Partner: Cordaid

Nigeria – We co-created a Radio School format for four school subjects, taught to children who live remotely or need extra support. Alongside concept development we trained the radio teachers in radio pedagogics and audio storytelling.
Partners: South Saharan Social Development Organisation

Myanmar – A civic education app for Android phones to inform youth about the electoral system and their civil and human rights. It includes animated stories, quizzes, surveys and games, and a feature that allows you to ask direct questions to be answered by an expert.
Partners: OneWorld UK, JOOSK, Digital Kaway, Revotech

website: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.oneworld.newniti

Netherland – As part of PAX’s Peace of Minds (POM) Academy Butterfly Works facilitated a complete human-centred design course for 30 students to build a communication strategy influencing Dutch behaviour that encourages peace worldwide.
Partners: PAX, Wo=Men, Oxfam

website: http://peaceofminds.nl/

Worldwide – The Butterfly Works Academy is a 12 week online course to experience a new way of project development for social change. The course helps the participants to get a creative mind-set, regardless of their background. The course encourages to go beyond the problems and find innovative long-lasting solutions for social change. This pilot project has been finalized.

Lebanon – PAX’s activists academy aims to jointly create a campaign strategy that addresses public space and activism in Beirut. Butterfly Works was involved to support an innovative and action-oriented work method during the academy and in the chosen campaign strategy.
Partner: Pax

website: activistacademy.wordpress.com

Cambodia – A platform that aims to give Cambodian youth a voice to address duty-bearers holding them accountable for youth friendly policies and practices.
Partners: COMFREL, SDigit, Oxfam Novib Popular Campaigning.

website: yvkhmer.org

Kenya / Indonesia – Renew and expand the YOUTH Do IT! Platform from dance4life and CHOICE. Additionally Butterfly Works develops interactive and youth friendly courses aimed at peer educators about topics such as human rights, SRHR and advocacy.
Partners: dance4life, CHOICE

website: www.youthdoit.org/

Ghana – The seventh school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: BIBIR, Tech Support

2014

Afghanistan – Butterfly Works designed the concept for a training app which aims to provide better access to information for farmers which helps to optimise productivity.
Partners: Cordaid, UR Wageningen

Uganda – The third Early Child Development project based upon the design legacy of the famous Dutch artist Dick Bruna.

Partners: Mango Tree Uganda and Mercis Publishing

website: www.playandlearnwithmiffy.com

Pakistan – The sixth school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: EU, Oxfam Pakistan, IRC and RDF

website: www.indusbits.org

2013

Francophone Africa – A digital platform that stimulates behavioural change with a focus on women’s rights on an international scale.
Partners: ONG RAES, Unicef and Canal+

website: http://jeu.cestlavietv.com/

Cambodia – The fifth contextualised version of the Learning about Living interactive cross media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity.
Partners: OneWorldUK, Rhac, Women Media Center and OSD

website: www.youthchhlat.org

Global – An online learning platform for the Bits schools. Students and teachers can find the full course in digital design and share their progress.
Partners: All Bits schools, Ustad Mobile, Noblestreet and Frog

website: bitsacademy.org

Global – New products for museum stores that connect the world of our tangible heritage kept in museums, and our intangible heritage kept in crafts, stories and rituals.
Partners: ICOM Netherlands, Studio Maaike Rozenburg and Stichting DOEN

website: www.consciousheritage.com

Pakistan – The second Early Child Development project based upon the design legacy of the famous Dutch artist Dick Bruna.
Partners: Oxford University Press, Childrens Literature Festival, Mercis Publishing and the Dutch embassy

website: www.playandlearnwithmiffy.com

Pakistan – Training craftswomen in design, production and entrepreneurial skills, so they become financially independent and learn more about the world of design.
Partners: OxfamNovib Pakistan, Indusvalley School Of Arts and Architecture, Indus Research Center, Research and Development Foundation and EU

website: www.skillfulartisan.org/

Uganda – The fifth school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Ceford, NairoBits, KampaBits and Oxfam Novib Uganda

website: www.aruabits.org

Democratic Republic of Congo – A network for young change makers that enables them to share successes and knowledge to inspire action within the network, the community and across borders. 
Partners: Oxfam Novib, Radio la Benevolencija and radio Netherlands worldwide

2012

Mali – The fourth contextualised version of the Learning about Living interactive cross media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity.
Partners: Ministry of Education, ASDAP, WALE, FAWE, AMPPF, DSR, Raes and OneWorld UK and Oxfam Novib

website: www.clickinfoado.ml

Morocco – Celebrating the power of culture and crafts with one-of-a-kind carpets made from old clothes by craftswomen.
Partner: Taragalte

website: carpetoflife.com

2011

Afghanistan – Improving the quality and access to education for youth and teachers in Afghanistan through mobile and distance learning.
Partners: Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, Saba Media Organization, Oxfam Novib, Ministry of Education Afghanistan, Roshan and Oxfam Hong Kong.

website: afghanlearning.wordpress.com/

2010

Morocco – Finding sustainable ways to develop the cultural, social and economic aspects of the region of M’hamid.
Partner: Stichting DOEN

website: www.taragalte.org

Cambodia – A social media and mobile technologies workshop in Phonm Penh and the development of a cross media campaign for greater democracy.
Partners: Oxfam Novib and Comfrel

Senegal – The third contextualised version of the Learning about Living interactive cross media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity.
Partners: Ministry of Education, Action Aid, GEEP, FAWE, INTERMONDES, FENAPES, Popúlation Council, Raes and Oxfam Novib

website: www.clickinfoado.sn

Kenya – A social change campaign that called for existing peace initiatives in Kenya and mapped them on an interactive platform for networking purposes and to provide information on related activities in people their regions. 
Partners: Media Focus on Africa and NairoBits

website: butterflytoolkitno1.buildingbridges.co.ke

Uganda – The fourth school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Terre des Hommes, Forward Foundation and Digital Opportunity Trust

website: www.facebook.com/Kampabits

Afghanistan – Co-created design products with craftsmen in fragile countries.
Partner: Studio Duizendschoon

website: www.craftingpeace.com

Kenya – A toolkit and workshop to spread the knowledge about solar energy much faster. It was co-created on the Maker Faire in Kenya.
Partners: Evan Wadongo, Maker Faire and Triodos Foundation

Kenya & Uganda – A mobile and a board game that deals with the themes of poverty, corruption, water scarcity, crime and community development.
Partner: NairoBits

website: www.geth2ogame.com

Venezuala – An Early Child Development programme based upon the design legacy of the famous Dutch artist Dick Bruna.
Partners: Mercis Publishing, Oxfam Novib Pakistan and Fundación Empresas Polar

website: www.playandlearnwithmiffy.com

2009

Kenya – An interactive, digital and mobile learning programme that teaches and works with young people to spread peace in Kenya.
Partner: NairoBits

website: www.sambazapeace.org/

Burkina Faso – An international sneaker concept combining on-the-edge style and the finest materials with a new way to think about sneaker design.
Partner: SYOU

website: www.syou.com/

2008

Kenya – SMS campaign aiming to recognise the people who worked on peace building in the aftermath of the elections of 2007.
Partners: Media Focus on Africa and NairoBits

website: peaceheroes.ushahidi.com/main

North Nigeria – The second contextualised version of the Learning about Living interactive cross media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity.
Partners: OneWorldUK, Action Health Inc, Girl Power Initiative, Education as a Vaccine, NERDC, Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Education

website: learningaboutliving.org/north

Global – A life skills intervention that builds the resilience of children and young people in conflict affected areas. Butterfly Works was responsible for the editorial design, art directin and technique.
Partner: Warchild

website: www.warchildlearning.org/

Ethiopia – The third school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Lenze Pekelsma, HIWOT, Talent Youth, Addis Abeba Youth Center, Tselke, Wise, Christian Child Fund, British Council and Linkis

Tanzania – The second school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: Wilde Ganzen and NCDO

website: www.zanzibits.com/

2007

Nigeria – Interactive cross media programme on life skills, sexual health, education and creativity.
Partners: OneWorldUK, Action Health Inc, Girl Power Initiative, Education as a Vaccine, NERDC, Federal Ministry of Health andFederal Ministry of Education

website: www.learningaboutliving.org

Kenya – SMS campaign to create political awareness amongst Kenyan voters.
Partner: Media Focus on Africa

Global – A sustainable concept which offers a market opportunity in the Netherlands to producers from developing countries.
Partners: Stichting RTS, Hema and Achmea

website: www.returntosender.nl

2006

South Africa – Digital learning environment about alternatives to violence and peace building.
Partners: Gunfree South Africa, Phaphama initiatives, LSTZG, Gauteng department of Education and Oxfam Novib

website: www.wordsoverweapons.com/

Kenya – First one in a series of books, where children tell and draw about their lives, to teach Dutch children about the lives of youth and cultures far away.
Partners: 178 Aardige ontwerpers, The House of Books, Oxfam Novib, NCDO and Stipo

website: hierwoonik.com/

Kenya and India – Online and live creative exchange between Dutch and Kenyan/Indian students.
Partners: Edukans and NairoBits

website: goingglobal.edukans.nl/

2005

The Netherlands – online market for all kinds of household products, made in emerging economies.
Partner: NCDO

website: unseenproducts.com/

2004

Morocco – Baskets redesigned from old tyres in Morocco. Subsequently imported into the Netherlands and sold in various design shops.
This project was our own initiative.

South Africa and the Netherlands – Interactive webmagazine and comic strip maker for young people to discuss controversial issues.
Partners: Stedelijk Jongerenwerk Amsterdam, studio West, Tiez and Digitale Poiniers. This project is our own initiative. 

2002

Uganda – Digital curriculum on sexual health and rights, designed and developed for Uganda.
Partners: Rutgers WPF and Schoolnet Uganda

website: www.wswmethiopia.org

1999

Kenya – The first school in the Bits family. A Bits school is a digital design school for students from less privileged backgrounds in an urban area.
Partners: East African Internet Association and MYSA, Prins Claus fonds, Cordaid, ICCO, Dutch embassy in Kenya, IICD, Terre des Hommes and Stars foundation. This project was our own initiative.

website: www.nairobits.com