Design Thinking Principles On Social Innovation

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1.3.1 Design thinking principles applied to social innovation Overall, there are three overarching themes in design thinking that can be slightly adapted or modified by different agencies: Human-centered; Co-creation with user; Scalability. These have been adapted by different organizations. One of the leaders in the design thinking movement in this context is UNICEF (well-known acronym for the United Nations International Children 's Emergency Fund). UNICEF’s innovation principles have been endorsed or adopted by a multitude of partners, including the USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WFP, UNDP, IKEA Foundation, UN Foundation, and UNHCR (UNICEF). The following summarizes the nine UNICEF principles of innovation (UNICEF) that projects need to follow to be mindful of Design Thinking which have been synthesized from the Greentree Consensus as a concerted effort by donor organizations of capturing lessons learned (The Greentree Consensus). These are used as best-practice guidelines to inform the design of technology-enabled development programs. a. Design with the User To be successful, projects need to develop context appropriate solutions informed by user needs. This implies including all user groups in planning, development, implementation and assessment; developing projects in an iterative mode. Furthermore, solutions need to be designed with the existing workflows in mind and plan for organizational adaptation. Finally, the design needs to be sensitive to, and
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