Kenya

Why Design Now?: Ripple Effect


Why? Over 1.3 billion people worldwide drink unsafe water. Ripple Effect, a collaboration between the Acumen Fund, IDEO, and Indian and Kenyan water organizations, stimulates innovation among water suppliers. In Indias Thar Desert region, the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation developed a new business model to convince communities to purchase treated water. In the Andhra Pradesh region, WaterHealth International has used entertainment-based education to encourage the community to use clean water.
Ripple Effect, collaboration, Acumen, IDEO, Kenya, India, business model, water, treatment, education

M-PESA Money-transfer System_CITIES exhibition


2009. Editor: Red Sky Advertising Agency. Courtesy of Safaricom. Urban workers traditionally sent money home to their villages by post or courier or delivered it themselves. M-PESA (M stands for mobile, and pesa means "money" in Swahili) allows users—over thirteen million users in three and a half years—to send and receive money securely with a simple text message on their mobile phones.
Design for the Other 90% Cities, Exhibition, M-PESA, money transfer system, money transfer, remittances, mobile banking, Kenya

School Lead


A multitude of schools are at the forefront of devising low cost innovations around the world, these are only a few of the examples of initiatives and projects underway. Designmatters at Art Center College of Design develops a multi-component design solution for a mobile clinic in Kenya.
DesignMatters, Art Center College of Design, mobile clinic, Kenya, camel, packaging, refrigeration, solar power, health education, culturally appropriate information, nomad, bike, bicycles, teams, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Bamboo Bike Project, bamboo, materials, sustainable, transport, rural, poor, developing countries, access, healthcare, market, Harvard University, SE Lab, peer support, participation, Ashoka, Bill Drayton, Grameen bank, Muhammad Yunus, Workshop, Social Entrepreneurship, US, international, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, D Lab, needs, low cost, affordable, inexpensive, ecological, adaptable, technological, Pratt Design, Incubator for Sustainable/Social Entreprise, Norway, Design without Borders, partnership, collaboration, Guatemala, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Uganda, Makerere University, local, product development