Resource Library

At IDIN, we’re all about learning, especially when it’s hands-on. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources, many of which are used at our trainings and summits around the world.

Rainwater Collection and Storage System, IDDS Climate Change Adaptation

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS Climate Change participants and community members developed a system of rainwater collection and storage meant to benefit the community. It uses guadua bamboo, PVC pipes and water cooler bottles to harvest rainwater for production and family consumption. This report is in Spanish.

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

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Quemador para Tuj: Clean Room Heating and LED Advocacy, IDDS Hogares Sostenibles

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community partners developed an alternative system for heating the temezcal, a traditional sauna-like structure that is used for bathing in Santa Catarina. Previously heated solely through open flame, which contain smoke that can be dangerous and irritating to lungs and eyes.

Additionally, this team of participants created an educational campaign promoting the use of LED lightbulbs, since although they are initially more expensive they result in lower monthly bills. This report is in Spanish.

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

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Silk Artisan Entrepreneurship, IDDS Sisaket

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community partners sought to elevate the value of silk products to generate a fair income for silk weavers in their 40s to 60s who love the silk-weaving craft. The team co-created a collection of silk products with silk weavers and village teenagers by setting up a fashion show/booth to display and deliver products to customers, demonstrating the potential for youth and weavers to collaborate in selling silk products to untapped markets.

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Coffee Processing Project Report, IDDS Tanzania

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a bicycle-powered coffee bean sheller to improve coffee processing. For more information about this project, contact idds-tz-coffee@mit.edu.

This report was written and filed by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Tanzania. 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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Design for Development Workshop: Evolving the Paradigm

  • Presentations & Reports

IDIN Network member Heewon Lee summarizes his approach to leading a Design for Development workshop based on MIT D-Lab and IDIN principles to tackle water challenges in Southern Kenya. 

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Shrimp Farming Report, IDDS Amazon

  • Presentations & Reports

Boa Vista community members expressed a desire to farm fish for both personal consumption and to sell within the Boa Vista community at more affordable prices. IDDS Amazon participants designed an enclosed riverbank shrimp habitat that is low-cost, low-maintenance, and uses renewable resources.

This report was written and filed by a team of participants at IDDS Amazon. 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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Canoe Repair and Transformation System, IDDS Climate Change Adaptation

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members developed a canoe-cover system that promoted ecological tourism during the summer using aluminum poles and a protective and light covering. The system provides an economic alternative for families and protects the river bed and sand banks. This report is in Spanish.

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

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PLEARN: Game Based English Learning, IDDS Sisaket

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members developed a game-based learning approach that strives to help teachers help students to enjoy learning English vocabulary in a fun and practical way. The team identified the project as easily implementable by teachers, reproducible, and complementary to existing practices.

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

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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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