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.

Menstrual Hygiene Pads Project Report, IDDS Zambia

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members developed safe, effective sanitary pads made of local materials to improve menstrual hygiene. For more information about this project, contact zambia13.flyingpad@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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TempIt Baby Thermometer Project Report, IDDS Aarogyam

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS  Aarogyam participants and community members from the KREST group created a low cost baby thermometer prototype that is specific to the neonatal anatomy, accurate in its read-out, and appropriate for low or illiterate health workers.  The prototype also includes a function for early detection of certain sicknesses. 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 focusing on good health (Aarogyam) in Chennai, India. 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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Asan Rasta Report, IDDS Lahore

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS Lahore participants and community members from the Spicy Hath team designed a USSD-based tracking system with lady health workers to identify households in need of polio vaccinations, plan needed visits, and record immunization data. For more information about this project, visit asanrasta.weebly.com.

This report was written and filed by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Lahore, Pakistan focused on creating information communications and technology solutions for development challenges. It is not final or comprehensive, but seeks to share information and knowledge gleaned from the team’s work during the summit.

Author: IDDS Lahore Spicy Hath Team

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Autonomous Network Report, IDDS Amazon

  • Presentations & Reports

Participants at IDDS Amazon worked to bring quality internet service to the community while respecting local practices. This project included a prototyped bamboo tower to receive the internet signal, a cluster consisting of the first group of houses to receive internet service, and network management plan and a business roadmap on how to use collective decision making to guide next steps in providing internet to the wider community.

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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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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Bait Cultivation System, IDDS Climate Change Adaptation

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a home-based bait cultivation system that can be used throughout the year and is not dependent on river conditions. The system can be used to acquire various forms of bait and is made of materials that are readily available in the community. 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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Organic Weed Removal, IDDS Sisaket

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members developed a double blade weed killer to address post-planting weed removal. The objective behind the device was to effectively remove the weed without the need for the user to bend over, and it can be easily pushed or pulled in the paddy field while keeping the weight as light as possible. The design is inspired by similar weed removal tools from African countries and Cambodia.

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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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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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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IDDS Design Notebook

  • Curriculum

The IDDS Design Notebook is used to teach the design process during International Development Design Summits.

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