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.

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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Chaparra Redonda Round and Efficient Cookstove, IDDS Hogares Sostenibles

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community partners recreated a cookstove with feedback from local community members. Unlike most local cookstoves it is round, which is prefered for cooking. It uses technology similar to a rocket stove to heat with less fuel than other cookstoves. 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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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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Huertos Familiares: Vertical Community Gardens, IDDS Hogares Sostenibles

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed vertical gardens that can be hung in a variety of locations. Growing nutritious and useful foods, families can increase their nutrient intake while easily growing from the comfort of their home. Educational cards are included with helpful information on sustaining the plants. 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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Briqueta Palopo, IDDS Hogares Sostenibles

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community partners created briquettes made from candle wax, sawdust, corn husks, corn cobs, and pine leaves that serve as an alternative source of fuel. They do not emit harmful toxins into the environment as do firewood, allowing for cleaner air and easier breathing conditions as well.

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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

  • 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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