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.

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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Ecosan: Separating Waste to Create Fertilizer, IDDS Hogares Sostenibles

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community partners developed a latrine that separates liquid and solid waste. This way, the solid waste can potentially be used as fertilizer. The design also includes a water catchment system that collects rainfall for hand washing in an enclosed container. Properly sorting and managing the waste can reduce contamination of local water sources and household land. 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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Fruit Drying for Child Nutrition Project Report, IDDS Zambia

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a prototype combining direct and indirect heat to improve fruit drying. For more information about this project, contact zambia13.solardryer@mit.edu.

This report was written and filed by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Zambia. 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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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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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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Meet the International Development Innovation Network

  • Media

Meet the International Development Innovation Network, a group of nearly 500 innovators from around the world designing, developing, and disseminating low-cost technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. 

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A Look into IDDS Tanzania

  • Media

At the International Development Design Summit in Tanzania, the avocado and coffee processing teams work hand-in-hand with farmers in Leguruki to improve agricultural practices.

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Skill Builder: Wooden Spoon Evaluation

  • Curriculum

Skill Builders are curriculum resources designed to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities during design trainings. If you intend to use this Skill Builder in a training, we encourage you to download all of the relevant resources, including: 

Instructor Guide
Participant Photo Guide
Skill Builder Evaluation 

Questions? Please contact IDIN Academic Partner, Olin College of Engineering at anna.konstantinova@olin.edu

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