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Fri, 08/19/2016
Three entrepreneurs and innovators from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) recently participated in a Siemens Stiftung (Foundation) workshop in Uruguay, representing one of the several exciting connections MIT D-Lab and the Siemens Stiftung are fostering between our networks....
Tue, 08/09/2016
          Seema Patel is the Chief of Innovation Design and Advisory at the Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. PIA was excited to welcome Seema and several of her colleagues to our member cohort, extending and...
Mon, 08/08/2016
Vasundhara Jolly, with the Positive International team, visits Riundungai, a village near Arusha. Internship in Arusha with PIA member Snow International Through my academic work in Development Economics in the past year, I learned that boosting smallholder agriculture is a crucial aspect of...
Mon, 06/06/2016
Note: This is the first in a series of three posts exploring Creative Capacity Building (CCB). The second post highlights the role of CCB in the upcoming PIA Co-Design Summit. The third post features the perspectives of a diverse set of participants in a recent CCB training.  ...
Mon, 06/06/2016
Note: This is the second in a series of three posts exploring Creative Capacity Building (CCB). The first post describes the background, philosophy, and future plans of CCB as a grassroots approach to design and development. The third post features the perspectives of a diverse set of participants...
Mon, 06/06/2016
Note: This is the third in a series of three posts exploring Creative Capacity Building (CCB). The first post describes the background, philosophy, and future plans of CCB as a grassroots approach to design and development. The second post highlights the role of CCB in the upcoming PIA Co-Design...
Mon, 06/06/2016
During the 2015 PIA Co-Design Summit, which took place in Kumasi and New Longoro Ghana, three of the six project teams came to the same conclusion: establishing a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) in New Longoro would revitalize business in the community and give small farmers and...
Mon, 06/06/2016
This year’s PIA Co-Design Summit will take place in Zambia. During the coming months, the summit organizers at MIT D-Lab, World Vision, and NTBC will be confirming participants from PIA member organizations, Zambian innovators and social entrepreneurs, and members of the Naboye community....
Mon, 06/06/2016
In April, we shared an update on the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) 2016 working group topics and members after the groups kicked off during the PIA Annual Meeting. As the year rolls along, these working groups continue to hum with activity, meeting online on a monthly basis for case presentations...
Tue, 05/31/2016
Carola Schwank is in charge of the Basic Services Unit/Empowering People Network (EPN) at Siemens Stiftung. Carola and some of her colleagues at the foundation, as well as some of the social entrepreneurs the foundation supports, became engaged in the Practical Impact Alliance at the start of this...