Learning about working globally with local communities
Aga Khan Foundation, which partners with communities around the world to build better futures together, considers the best strategy to be the use of a multi-input approach towards development.
AKF uses design-driven innovation and guides its practice with 5 key ingredients:
– Empathy – gathering unarticulated needs and wants;
– Collaboration – getting people to work together efficiently;
– Creativity – thinking outside the box and exploring new opportunities;
– Experimentation – prototyping and testing our assumptions;
– Technology – using technology to widen our reach and scale interventions.
We use design methodologies and innovative problem-solving approaches to enable both internal teams and communities to co-create the next generation of solutions, systems, and strategies that can provide aspirational and sustainable impact.
Last year brought a big challenge to AKF, to remotely train and support teams of non-designers to innovate through design – their big investment is focused on empowering their own staff, partners, and communities. Provide them with the necessary competencies, mindset, and resources to design innovative programs using methodologies as Human Centred Design or Design Thinking. In order to adapt to the circumstances, they quickly moved their 5-day program to a digital collaborative platform – Mural – creating a new and longer version of the program online.