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IDDS 2014-2017 Survey Data

  • Presentations & Reports

This de-identified dataset contains pre-survey, post-survey, and follow-up survey responses from participants in 12 International Development Design Summits that took place between 2014 and 2017. It contains information on participants' goals, takeaways, and post-summit actions and engagements.

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Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies

  • Research

This paper shares findings and insights from across IDIN's research program. The paper introduces and clarifies the concept of local innovation and shares two key pathways through which local innovation contributes to local development in the contexts that were included in the research.

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Creative Capacity Building in Uganda: Qualitative case research into the impact of CCB on individuals and communities

  • Research

This collection of case studies illustrates the range of outcomes that D-Lab's Creative Capacity Building trainings have had in communities across Uganda. The cases illustrate an evolution in the ways that CCB alumni apply the design process after the training is over: a progression from designing for income, to designing for resilience, to designing for development.

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KNUST Cookstove Design, Development and Testing Curriculum

  • Curriculum

This curriculum describes the training objectives, methods, courses, and criteria for assessing trainees who would be provided the opportunity to have hands-on training, knowledge and skills can help create jobs and generate income in Ghana and other developing countries. 

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Essential Oil Distillation for Boa Vista do Acará

  • Student Papers

Boa Vista do Acará is a small agricultural community in Northern Brazil that consistently faces financial instability. This interferes with their access to basic social services such as healthcare and education. Currently, Boa Vista harvests 50 tons of herbs per year, however, rather than distilling essential oil themselves, they sell their herbs as wholesale raw material to the Natura company. If Natura were to ever pull out of their contract, Boa Vista would be in a financial crisis. Therefore the ability to distill essential oils independently would allow Boa Vista Do Acará residents to stabilize their income source. Currently, our team is partnering with with the Association of Organic Farmers of Boa Vista do Acará (APOBV) to build an oil distillation device specifically to suit the needs of this community. 

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Best Practices for A Newly Established Academic Makerspace in a Nascent Maker Ecosystem

  • Presentations & Reports

This paper discusses the different practices that can be infused in an academic makerspace’s culture to enhance learning and to remove barriers to making. Best practices with examples and their corresponding results observed at an academic makerspace in Pakistan have been discussed. The makerspace in question is the first and currently the only academic makerspace in Pakistan, appropriately named Make-i-stan. It is based in Information Technology University of the Punjab (ITU) which offers STEM degrees at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate level. 

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The Role of Academic Makerspaces in Creating Social Impact

  • Presentations & Reports

This paper discusses the role of academic makerspaces in creating social impact, in light of the work done at Makeistan; DLab courses taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Information Technology University (ITU); and the program of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) at Atlas Institute, University of Colorado Boulder.

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Essential Oil Distillation for Boa Vista do Acará

  • Student Papers

A team of students from UC Davis D-Lab partnered with the Association of Organic Farmers of Boa Vista do Acará (APOBV) to build an oil distillation device as a follow-up to IDDS Amazon in 2016. They designed an oil distiller that can be built with local tools and materials, operate in humid conditions with fire as the primary energy source and produce oil at high quality in a high quantity to sell to tourists in local markets. This report chronicles the development and testing of this device.

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Planning for Scarcity: Innovations in Water Management and Irrigation and the Future of the Jordan River Valley

  • Research

This report presents the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Sera Tolgay, who investigated how small-scale farmers in the Jordan River Valley are adapting and innovating in light of challenge of severe water scarcity in this region. She focused in particular on the adoption of water-saving technologies and how these were impacting the farmers and their livelihoods. 

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Mobility App and Citizens: Views from Jakarta

  • Research

This report shares the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Ying Gao, who conducted research on innovations in informal urban transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia. She investigated how the introduction of a novel ride-hailing app for informal transit services was impacting various stakeholders in the system, while also mapping out these stakeholders, their relationships to one another, and their roles within the complex system of urban transportation provision. 

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