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.

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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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: Bicycle Hacksaw

  • 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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Using Four Lenses of Sustainability

  • Curriculum

UC Davis D-Lab has developed a Feasibility Studies Notebook to address important agricultural, energy, and development goals. The curriculum is based on the four lenses of sustainability- technology, environment, economics, and culture/society- and how a project can best address these goals. It includes a step-by-step outline of how to achieve 11 deliverables to create a feasibility study for a client's project. 

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