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.  

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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Zero Waste Park Project Report, IDDS Zero Waste

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a plan for an aesthetically pleasing public space to change the image of waste (as a resource and not as a problem) and waste-pickers.  The space will be a place for waste-pickers to rest and get some shade, with furniture and installations all made from recycled materials, as well as raising awareness through waste-picker biographies and its “Super-recycler” game (which includes profiles of each recyclable material).  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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C’EEKG’AM Sustainable Tea Maker Report, 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 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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Fruit Drying for Child Nutrition Project Report, IDDS Zambia

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a prototype combining direct and indirect heat to improve fruit drying. For more information about this project, contact zambia13.solardryer@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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CGUI Morama Nut Sheller Report, IDDS Botswana

  • Presentations & Reports

The Morama nut is indigenous to the Kalahari Desert. It is widely used in the D’kar community given its high nutritional value. However, given its hard outer shell and the traditional method of shelling using stones, the current process is laborious. The Cgui team built two prototypes: a simple handheld cracker and a rotary machine. The handheld cracker can shell Morama nuts at a faster rate. The rotary machine can crack larger quantities of Morama nuts and has the potential to be used commercially. Additionally, the team researched the possible different products that can be made from the Morama nut and tested out a Morama-based hot beverage called “Cgui Tsam” that could be produced locally, stirring up potential entrepreneurial activities.

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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Coffee Processing Project Report, IDDS Tanzania

  • Presentations & Reports

IDDS participants and community members designed a bicycle-powered coffee bean sheller to improve coffee processing. For more information about this project, contact idds-tz-coffee@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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Design for Development Workshop: Evolving the Paradigm

  • Presentations & Reports

IDIN Network member Heewon Lee summarizes his approach to leading a Design for Development workshop based on MIT D-Lab and IDIN principles to tackle water challenges in Southern Kenya. 

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