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.

If you have a resource you think might be a good fit for our library, please email idincommunications@mit.edu.  

Aluminum Furnace Project Report, IDDS Zambia

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members redesigned an aluminum furnace used for casting to improve safety and efficiency. For more information about this project, contact zambia13.protek@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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PET Bottle Processing Project Report, IDDS Zero Waste

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members created an information system to implement a new business model, in which associations of recyclers can offer processing companies and interested parties updated, real, and quality information on the type and amount of plastic bottles that are available for purchase.  For more information about this project, contact idds.waste.cali@mit.edu.

This report was written in Spanish by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Colombia. 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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HUIKU Deep Sand Wheelchair Poster, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

Wheelchair users in D’kar face difficulties in navigating through the deep sand and gravel terrain, exerting a lot of effort or relying on others to help. The Huiku team developed accessories which include wider wheels and levers to drive the wheelchair more easily through the sand while maintaining the user’s comfort level. The wheels are also more durable to protect from sharp stones or thorns that are usually buried in the sand.

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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Avocado Processing Project Report, IDDS Tanzania

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members built avocado oil press prototypes and experimented with avocado drying methods to add value to farmers’ avocado crop. For more information about this project, contact idds-tz-avocado@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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Plastic Extruder Project Report, IDDS Zero Waste

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a prototype for a low cost 3D printing filament extruder aimed to increase the value of plastic for waste pickers. For more information about this project, contact idds.waste.cali@mit.edu.

This report was written by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Colombia. 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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HUIKU Deep Sand Wheelchair Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

Wheelchair users in D’kar face difficulties in navigating through the deep sand and gravel terrain, exerting a lot of effort or relying on others to help. The Huiku team developed accessories which include wider wheels and levers to drive the wheelchair more easily through the sand while maintaining the user’s comfort level. The wheels are also more durable to protect from sharp stones or thorns that are usually buried in the sand.

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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Bean Threshing Project Report, IDDS Tanzania

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members built bean threshing machines to improve the efficiency of bean harvesting. For more information about this project, contact idds-tz-thresher@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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Waste Transport Project Report, IDDS Zero Waste

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a basic protoytpe to transport the materials recyclers gather back to collection centers.  For more information about this project, contact idds.waste.cali@mit.edu.

This report was written in Spanish by a team of participants at the International Development Design Summit in Colombia. 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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C’EEKG’AM Sustainable Tea Maker Poster, 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 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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Charcoal Kiln Project Report, IDDS Zambia

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members created a low-cost kiln to improve the burning process to agricultural waste to create charcoal. For more information about this project, contact zambia13.charcoal@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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