An open-source toolkit to inspire new solutions in the developing world. For years, businesses have used human-centered design to develop innovative solutions. Why not apply the same approach to overcome challenges in the nonprofit world?
The HCD Toolkit was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The toolkit walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas. The process has led to innovations in a number of social sectors, including health, clean water and sanitation, financial inclusion, education, agriculture, and gender equality.
This project, funded by International Development Enterprise (IDE) as part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sought to provide NGOs and social enterprises with the tools to do just that. IDEO, in collaboration with nonprofit groups ICRW and Heifer International, developed the HCD Toolkit to help international staff and volunteers understand a community’s needs in new ways, find innovative solutions to meet those needs, and deliver solutions with financial sustainability in mind.
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IDEO.org is using design to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. We believe that the solutions that arise from human-centered design bring stability, hope, and dignity to low-income communities around the globe. Through partnerships with non-profit organizations, social enterprises, or foundations, IDEO.org facilitates the design process to create solutions to challenges in a number of sectors, including health, clean water and sanitation, financial inclusion, agriculture, and gender equity.