General Interest

Assembly Traders as Supply Chain Integrators for Smallholder Farmers

  • Research

This report summarizes the research of 2016 IDIN Summer Research Fellows Kate Collins and Bar Pereg, who conducted research on the role of assembly traders in the value chains for smallholder maize production in Uganda.  This report identifies three key barriers that currently prevent smallscale agregators from playing a more beneficial role in the supply chain and also identifies several promising and innovative local initiatives that are piloting solutions to the key challenges identified. 

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Ghanaian Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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This undergraduate thesis presents the results of 28 in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs and local innovators in four cities across Ghana.  The thesis explores the motivations and backgrounds of these entrepreneurs, the factors that have led them to create their own businesses, and structural enablers and barriers to local innovation in the Ghanaian context.  This research builds on fieldwork conducted by the co-authors through the IDIN Summer Research Fellowship.

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From Innovators' Perspective: Processes of Grassroots Innovation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

  • Research

This Masters thesis seeks to understand the innovation processes of grassroots innovators in two states in Southern India. Through interviews and case study research, the thesis sheds light on how each innovator has developed his innovation from idea to product, as well as on the enabling conditions that are needed in order to support processes of local innovation in Southern India.

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Zero Waste School Project Report, IDDS Educación

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS Educación participants and community members from the Zero Waste School team created three separate prototypes that seek to incentive recycling within the classroom: Caneca Educativa (educational wastebasket), Come Tapas (Top Eater), and Saca Puntas (Pencil Sharpener). For more information about this project, see contact details on the final page of the report.

This report was written and filed by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Bogotá. It is not final or comprehensive, but seeks to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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EZ NCORO Human-Powered Washing Machine Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Ez Ncoro Team built a simple, low-cost, human-powered washing machine with the aim of reducing the time and effort required to wash clothes and conserving water, a precious commodity for the D’kar residents. With such a product, the D’kar community, especially the women (who are culturally assigned the role of washing clothes) can use their extra time towards rearing their families or running businesses.

This posted was designed by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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EZ NCORO Human-Powered Washing Machine Poster, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Ez Ncoro Team built a simple, low-cost, human-powered washing machine with the aim of reducing the time and effort required to wash clothes and conserving water, a precious commodity for the D’kar residents. With such a product, the D’kar community, especially the women (who are culturally assigned the role of washing clothes) can use their extra time towards rearing their families or running businesses.

This poster was designed by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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CGUI TSAM Morama Nut Coffee Poster, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Morama nut is indigenous to the Kalahari Desert. It is widely used in the D’kar community given its high nutritional value.  Theteam researched the possible different products that can be made from the Morama nut and tested out a Morama-based hot beverage called “Cgui Tsam” that could be produced locally, stirring up potential entrepreneurial activities.

This poster was designed by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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CGUI Morama Nut Sheller Poster, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Morama nut is indigenous to the Kalahari Desert. It is widely used in the D’kar community given its high nutritional value. However, given its hard outer shell and the traditional method of shelling using stones, the current process is laborious. The Cgui team built two prototypes: a simple handheld cracker and a rotary machine. The handheld cracker can shell Morama nuts at a faster rate. The rotary machine can crack larger quantities of Morama nuts and has the potential to be used commercially.

This poster was designed by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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CGUI Morama Nut Sheller Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Morama nut is indigenous to the Kalahari Desert. It is widely used in the D’kar community given its high nutritional value. However, given its hard outer shell and the traditional method of shelling using stones, the current process is laborious. The Cgui team built two prototypes: a simple handheld cracker and a rotary machine. The handheld cracker can shell Morama nuts at a faster rate. The rotary machine can crack larger quantities of Morama nuts and has the potential to be used commercially. Additionally, the team researched the possible different products that can be made from the Morama nut and tested out a Morama-based hot beverage called “Cgui Tsam” that could be produced locally, stirring up potential entrepreneurial activities.

This report was prepared by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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C’EEKG’AM Sustainable Tea Maker Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

Tea and fire are two important aspects of the D’kar culture. However, firewood is a scarce commodity and can be very difficult to find. Given this context, the Ceekg’am team created two prototypes. They first created fuel briquettes from agricultural waste (maize and donkey waste) that is more commonly found in the area. Secondly, they built a stove that will use the alternative fuel (briquettes) and firewood to efficiently boil small quantities of water throughout the day, providing households with a more sustainable fuel source for their tea and family fires.

This report was prepared by a team of participants at IDDS Botswana. It aims to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

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