Category Archives: Design methods

Design without Borders designs a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions


Congratulations on the great example of rapid prototyping for human centred design for development contexts!   From their FB page: Exciting times; the first prototype of the ECGF infusion set, a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions, is ready … Continue reading

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Reflections from human-centered design research in Uganda; by Lina Aspen


I asked Lina Aspen, industrial designer, to write some reflections following her trip to Uganda where she mapped end-user needs for Picterus. Here is what she wrote: Empathy for the end user and who is really the end user? To make … Continue reading

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Who will do the work of linking different activities in order to impact sustainability in humanitarian markets? The benefits of the Gaia Project according to stakeholders


As you know, I conducted a workshop in Addis Abeba in october. Present at the workshop were ARRA (Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs), the UNHCR, the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Networkhttp://www.hoarec.org/, Mekelle University (Mechanical Faculty), the … Continue reading

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Participate! Questioning the link between participation and empowerment in design for development


ABSTRACT Participatory design methods are embraced by most design professionals, teachers in “the field” and academics working with design that aims for empowerment and poverty alleviation. That participatory methods lead to empowerment amongst the poor, marginalized participants and communities is … Continue reading

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