Learning Network Human-Centered Design and Community Led Development

Incorporating versatile tools in day to day practices

agenda May 19, 2020

We can only truly shift the power if those who are passionate about that shift join forces and build their platform for change from the ground up. With this believe as a driving factor, we set out to gather minds and share collaborative tools in our third explorative session on Human-Centered Design and Community-Led Development. This session was hosted by The Spindle, the innovation platform of Partos, in collaboration with Butterfly WorksThe Hunger Project, and The Movement for Community-Led Development

During this session two practical hands-on tools were presented, a pro-poor digitalisation canvas tool developed by Fraunhofer CeRRI on behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the online whiteboard platform Miro. The former was designed with the intention to help actors shape their digital innovations with view of SDGs 1 and 10, while the latter fosters online co-creating and collaborative working between colleagues and teams. Perhaps these tools could be used in your organisations and applied to your work!

A Pro-Poor Digitalisation Canvas Tool
Applied researcher Malte Jütting from Fraunhofer CeRRI gave an insightful presentation on the multi-purpose and scientifically grounded pro-poor digitalisation canvas tool. The Pro poor Digitalisation Canvas is a versatile, holistic tool interesting for a variety of actors (e.g. Development Institutions, Innovators/Entrepreneurs as well as Policy Makers). The tool was commissioned by GIZ as a means to get a better understanding of existing digital solutions for pro-poor impact – and to help (further) develop digital innovations and adapt digital solutions for pro-poor impact. At an indirect level using the tool can help ensure that a pro-poor orientation is adopted at a structural level (i.e. policy makers). In case of further questions or inquiries about the tool, please get in touch with Maria Krisch from the GIZ Sector Project and Malte Jütting from Fraunhofer (email addresses can be found at the end of the presentation). For further information about this tool and its use please check out this report.

The online whiteboard platform Miro
Work in the field of International Development often takes place across borders and in diverse teams. In such settings, in order to work effectively, gather ideas and make project plans in engaging and creative ways, appropriate tools need to be used. Moreover, the Corona pandemic has prompted many of us to work from home, hence finding new online ways of working together has become ever more important. In this session Butterfly Works, a Dutch social design studio presented a creative tool that can be used to work remotely: the free collaborative whiteboard platform Miro. Butterfly Works has had positive experiences using Miro to facilitate their work with both their in-country and international partners and colleagues and wanted to share the tool with the group! Representatives from Butterfly Works gave a short presentation and practical tutorial, providing a unique insight into the use of the tool and giving workshop participants a chance to try out the tool for themselves. For those of you that weren’t able to join the event, you can watch this short introductory tutorial to get a feel for the platform. If you want to try Miro yourself, people have access to the first three boards for free!

Interested in learning about more ways in which your organization can incorporate practices of human-led development and human-centered design? Keep posted: details about our next session will soon be shared!

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