Focus on: Women Deliver 2016

A human-centered approach to design for development

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By Catherine Cheney

While this approach should be the basis of any effective strategy in an industry with the stated aim of improving lives around the world, some global development organizations tend to forget the importance of taking the perspectives of the people they serve into account. They can learn from groups such as PSI that are leveraging design thinking within their own organizational structure in order to determine the way that same process can have an impact in the field.


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Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, taking place 16-19 May 2016, will be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).