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Tue, 11/22/2016
Taylor Cruz, Innovation Specialist at Pact, writes about her experience at the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia earlier this month: "The personal validation I gained through the summit is the significance of co-design – not just with end-users but all stakeholders. Had our team been...
Tue, 11/15/2016
PIA Member David Hoffmann, Project Manager at Siemens Stiftung (Foundation), writes about his experience at the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia earlier this month: "Note to myself: Grasping all implications of local geographic conditions is almost impossible from afar." Read the entire...
Sun, 10/30/2016
MIT D-Lab, World Vision International, and National Technology Business Centre will host the 2016 PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia, Oct. 30 - Nov 5, bringing together individuals from industry, NGOs, and governmental agencies, as well as Zambian innovators, social entrepreneurs, and members of...
Tue, 09/06/2016
Jona Repishti, global network manager for IDIN (International Development Innovation Initiative) at MIT D-Lab, writes about the impetus for and key learnings from the 2015 PIA Working Group on distribution challenges at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP): "Creating a new distribution network has...
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 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...