CARE’s Impact Magazine Special Edition

The spring edition of CARE’s Impact Magazine is out and all about Scale x Design!

Take a look at this special issue, which features an in-depth look at the Scale x Design Accelerator & Challenge, Cohort 1 spotlights, Chrysalis – the parent of both our Different Cup of Tea and Broadening gender teams, as well as other stories of Innovation at CARE.

Click the cover to read the new issue:

What we’re listening to: USAID’s 2nd Episode of the Learning Lab Podcast asks us to “Stop, Collaborate and Listen”

In their second podcast, the USAID Learning Lab team focuses on the “C” in USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework. Good collaboration can be difficult to visualize and is often misinterpreted as an impediment to progress and decision making. The Learning Lab does a great job here demonstrating why collaboration and good collaboration-nurturing techniques (including human-centered design), can elevate all aspects of your work!

Utilizing case studies, they highlight Search for Common Ground and their use of human-centered design in workshop facilitation, Grassroots Soccer using “digital storytelling to build bridges between women in South Africa” and USAID’s own collaborative process among stakeholders in Guatemala. Plus listen till the end to learn why Jazz music is the perfect example of collaboration.

Community Score Card featured on Huffington Post!

Huffington Post and USAID’s Flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program have been collaborating on content highlighting the necessity of community health in reaching those not currently accessing key health services. This week’s blog features our own Community Score Card and their transformational work in Malawi and beyond. The article is called  Generating local solutions: How CARE’s Community Score Card is helping achieve health access for all. Happy Reading!

What we’re listening to: USAID’s first podcast on hacking international development through CLA (Collaborating, Learning & Adapting)

Listening, prototyping, testing, learning and iterating.  The cycle is fundamentally reshaping how we do
development.

SxD participants rethink how the accelerator is designed
SxD participants rethink how the accelerator is designed

Not everyone uses words like “prototyping”, “lean startup”, or “human-centered design”, however.  Similar ideas crop up in adaptive management frameworks across sectors.  USAID defines adaptive management as “intentionally and systematically using relevant knowledge to inform decision-making and ultimately take action. Within the development context, that action could be adjusting interventions or whole strategies, experimenting with new ways of working, scrapping programming that simply isn’t working, or scaling approaches that have demonstrated value.”

In their first podcast, the USAID Learning Lab team explores the implementation of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework to see what the impact has been and how these concepts are changing development.

 

 

 

3 Lessons To Guide Designing Better Financial Tech for the Developing World from GRID Impact

Check out this article 3 Lessons To Guide Designing Better Financial Tech For The Developing World” on Fast Company Exist from Alexandra Fiorillo’s op-ed on GRID Impact’s financial inclusion work in Pakistan. Alex is founder and principal at GRID Impact, our partner in the Human-Centered Design lab. Here’s a sneak peek:

  1. Promote individual use, but don’t be too prescriptive
  2. Design for skills education
  3. Design for local relevance

Read more here!

 

What We’re Reading: How to Develop a Human-Centered Design Mindset

It’s official, human-centered design is a hot topic in the development space! There seem to be more people writing about it than are actually doing it, though.

Check out the latest article from Devex on “How to develop a human-centered design mindset” 

Jocelyn Wyatt, Executive Director of Ideo, sat down with Devex to discuss the most common shoulder shrug reaction that we hear in response human-centered design: “Well, that’s just good development.”

True! It’s not necessarily new, but it’s definitely not universally applied.   Check out Jocelyn’s reflections here: