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D-Lab: Development through Dialogue, Design and Dissemination

D-Lab is part of a growing and exciting constellation of MIT programs that are committed to using technology, design and educational resources to pursue the eradication of poverty worldwide. Over the past 10 years, D-Lab has evolved to include 16 courses, fieldwork projects, partners, research, programs and K-12 outreach.

D-Lab courses address developing world needs for everything ranging from health products to schools, mobile technology to clean energy, and grain-mills and oil presses to waste management. Other subjects cover the principles of collaborative, user-centric design; cross-cultural communication and biodiversity; as well as business venture development, supply chains, management and distribution. Many D-Lab classes provide an option for fieldwork during the Independent Activities Period in January, over spring break or during the summer. A new study abroad program in collaboration with Global Education and Career Development will offer a semester-long blend of classroom and field experiences, with deep community engagement.

Other D-Lab programs include Innovations in International Health (developing technologies in a multidisciplinary research environment to address the needs of patients and healthcare workers in resource-poor settings), the annual International Development Design Summit, the Scale-Ups program for technology dissemination, a new Technology Evaluation Program, and the Creative Capacity Building program which has developed a methodology and training for people living in poverty to harness individual creativity and ingenuity to solve local problems.

D-Lab recently relocated to spacious new headquarters in N51 with workshops, classrooms, meeting spaces and offices.

For a comprehensive Guide to International Development at MIT, produced by the International Development Initiative,
see http://web.mit.edu/idi/guide/Guide2011.pdf

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