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.  

Nutrition Monitoring and Education Tool Project Report, IDDS Aarogyam

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS  Aarogyam participants and community members from the Thalir group designed a prototype of a low-cost, portable, and user-friendly device for health auxilary workers that measures and monitors child nutrition.   The prototype meausres and montiors certain health indicators (height, weight, and nutrient levels) as well as reccomends locally avialable agricultural products to be consumed as supplements for any diagoned deficiencies. 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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WeSMS Report, IDDS Lahore

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS Lahore participants and community members from the WeSMS team designed a low-tech ICT solution that provides relevant market information to enhance sales opportunities. For more information about this project, contact idds-lahore@mit.edu.

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.

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CAM QG’AM Solar Bead Furnace Poster, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

One of the primary sources of income for D’kar residents is traditional jewelry made out of ostrich egg shells and glass beads. The Cam Qg’am Team built a solar bead furnace which utilizes the power of the Kalahari sun and local materials to make glass beads. This furnace will reduce the overall cost of the beads, provide a more consistent supply, and allow jewelry makers in D’kar to customize their own glass beads.

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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Organic Waste and Compost Education Project Report, IDDS Zero Waste

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members created a collection of prototypes to deal with organic waste at the household level.  Their projects include an educational campaign called “Plato Pelao” (“Clean Your Plate”), and three prototypes: Teodora, Moli and Molicleta.  The first is a kitchen helper that facilitates the separation of waste, and the other two are low cost tools (one hand-powered and the other bicycle powered) to to break down organic waste into smaller pieces, which can then expedite the composting process. 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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CAM QG’AM Solar Bead Furnace Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

One of the primary sources of income for D’kar residents is traditional jewelry made out of ostrich egg shells and glass beads. The Cam Qg’am Team built a solar bead furnace which utilizes the power of the Kalahari sun and local materials to make glass beads. This furnace will reduce the overall cost of the beads, provide a more consistent supply, and allow jewelry makers in D’kar to customize their own glass beads.

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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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

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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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