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- MIT Practical Impact Alliance
- Scaling Development Ventures 2015
D-Lab Scale-Ups
- D-Lab Academics
- International Development Innovation Network

Bridging Innovation & Impact

April 11, 2015
Conference Registration

Exploring the best ways to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. 
Ann Mei Chang, USAID &
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation 


D-Lab in the News

IDIN: Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machine, March 31, 2015

D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow: MIT Grad's Mission: Build A Wheelchair That Works Anywhere (pictured above)
WGBH, March 27, 2015

D-Lab: Innovation in the making
MIT News, March 11, 2015

D-Lab: D-Lab team disseminates poverty alleviation technologies
University of Botswana, March 11, 2015

Scale-Ups Fellow: The startup True Moringa was inspired by the African Tree, Moringa 
Bay State Banner, March 9

Scale-Ups Fellow: Bringing “everyone wins” recycling to Nigeria
MIT News, March 5

MIT Alumni:
Scale-Ups Fellowship Applications
Due April 5, 2015

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, founder Wecylers, recent D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow.

For social entrepreneurs bringing hardware-based, poverty-alleviating products and services to market at scale. 
  • One year fellowship
  • $20K grant
  • Tailored mentorship
  • Skills building
  • Partnership cultivation
Read about all 18 D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellows

New IDIN Staff

Asif Obaidee
Last week, D-Lab welcomed Asif Obaidee to the International Development Innovation Network staff. He has worked closely with governments and ministries, focusing on economic policy development and effective program implementation in complex settings. Born in Kabul, Asif has spent most of his life in Afghanistan. His native language is Persian (Farsi), and he is also fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Pashto.  Read more!

Convening great minds in social innovation

As spring finally kicks in, D-Lab is gearing up for an action-packed April. While classes and research continue apace, April will bring the first annual meeting of the Practical Impact Alliance on April 10, the MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference on April 11th, and a retreat for the D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows. With these dozens of social entrepreneurs, corporate partners, impact investors, government agency staffers, and development academics flying in from around the world, we look forward to a productive conversation and actionable innovation. Join us!
                            - Saida Benhayoune
                             Program Director, D-Lab Scale-Ups

Practical Impact Alliance

Members to convene at MIT April 10th

Members of the Practical Impact Alliance will be coming to MIT on April 10th for the first Annual Members’ Meeting. Current members include representatives from Ajinomoto, Community Enterprise Solutions, Danone, Grameen Foundation, Greenlight Planet, Greif, Johnson & Johnson, Melton Foundation, Unilever, and World Vision International. The April meeting will offer focused workshops on the 2015 Working Group topics, which include using mobile phones to create behavior change, fostering local innovation and co-creation, distribution challenges at the base of the pyramid, and global food loss. Read more!

MIT Scaling Development Ventures

Conference features over a dozen sessions

With keynote speeches by USAID's Ann Mei Chang and Kevin Starr of the Mulago Foundation, more than a dozen sessions, the 2015 MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference, taking place at MIT on April 11, is jam-packed with opportunities to listen, learn, participate, and share. A sampling from the conference offerings:

And much more! Register today!

D-Lab Scale-Ups

Scale-Ups Fellow Blog: Zehra Ali

Raised in Pakistan, Zehra is a current D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow and founder and CEO of Ghonsla, an innovative company that provides sustainable and affordable insulation to underserved markets starting with Pakistan. Ghonsla has installed over 160,000 square feet of insulation reaching  2,000 people. In the process of manufacturing insulation, over 350 tons waste have been recycled. Read Zehra's blog!

D-Lab Academics

Susan Murcott reflects on 10 years of teaching at D-Lab 

Susan Murcott's D-Lab course began life in spring 2006 as “D-Lab III: Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good.” This was one of the original ”D”s of D-Lab. After several redesigns, the course, now known as "D-Lab: Evaluating, Disseminating and Scaling Up Global Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Innovations for the Common Good" is surely the course with the longest name in D-Lab class history! Read Susan's blog.

D-Lab: Development - Botswana Video!

As part of the D-Lab: Development class, six students traveled to Botswana in January with team leaders Amy Smith (founder and co-director D-Lab) and Maddie Hickman. Pooja Jethani, '15, one of the students on the trip, made this wonderful video about teaching ways to improve charcoal burning processes in Garbone and conducting Creative Capacity Building trainings in D'Kar. Read more!

International Development Innovation Network (IDIN)

Design education for the greater good

Recently, IDIN’s Lauren McKown spoke with three inspiring women in the IDIN Network to learn more about how they made design education not just a hobby, but a full-fledged career. Read more about the work of Juliet Wanyiri (Kenya), Miho Kitagawa (Japan), and Noela Byabachwezi (Tanzania)!

Three International Development Design Summits planned for summer 2015!

IDDS Zero Waste - Calli, Colombia
June 14-29 

IDDS Aarogayam - Chenai, India
July 6-August 1

IDDS - D'Kar, Botswana
August 3-14

Header Images (l-r): Creative Capacity Building session, Botswana; IDIN member Noela Byabachwezi welding, Tanzania; D-Lab Scale-Ups fellow Zehra Ali's Ghonsla team in northern Pakistan.

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