"Through the support of the ministry of external affairs we will train artisans of around 15 African countries in the next three years," said director of NID Pradyumna Vyas.
The projects are an outcome of the second Africa-India Forum Summit that was held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Africa, in 2011, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced implementation of several projects in the African continent.
"The artisans in Africa are already skilful and rich with their traditional crafts. What they need is professional design inputs and knowledge on how to diversity their existing ranges of products so that they could create demand in contemporary markets. NID will impart them these design inputs and knowledge as well as help them in branding their products," said Vyas.
"We have already spoken to various store chains for displaying and selling these products as a part of our market survey for these products."
NID will begin the project from Zimbabwe where a team of faculty will be visiting in February to conduct a 'need based assessment' to understand their local materials, organizational structures, skills and so on.
A team of 25 artisans and traders from Zimbabwe will visit NID for the training. Later, teams from NID will send follow-up teams. Following this, NID will be giving training to artisans from other countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and others.