Design for social innovation, as an emerging research field, has a potential to trigger a promising and transforming dynamism for developing countries. In order to create effective and holistic solutions for complica- ted social problems, design should collabo- rate with various stakeholders such as NGO’s and development agencies, and blend in new skills and knowledge with its own domain.
To be able to draw connections between sus- tainable development, social innovation and design, and to explore emergent roles of design, the purpose of the research is exam- ining this type of collaborative projects, which are mature enough to observe their outcomes and have generated social value. With this purpose, the article studies the stakeholders while examining several pro- jects dealing with social innovation in the context of India. Results of the study indicate that designers, with five distinct but transitive identities, take different roles to realise social innovations which economic and social value are procreated together.