June 12-13, 2017 saw the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) team engage with Aga Khan Foundation Canada to implement a Human Centered Design Training to support and strengthen their civil society sub-projects in Africa and Asia as part of the 5-year $100 million Partnership for Advancing Human Development in Africa and Asia (PAHDAA) also known as the Supporting Civil Society Initiatives (SCSI) project. The SCSI project contributes to the overarching PAHDAA outcome of improved human development, especially for women and children in target areas of Africa and Asia.
The Human Centered Design (HCD) training was conducted over 2 days under the facilitation of the RAN team. 25 participants comprised of project leads, program officers, administrators, public affairs managers and capacity building coordinators from 8 countries (Tajikistan, Mozambique, Canada, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, India and Bangladesh) attended the workshop from the context of Gender and Climate Change. The groups were led by the team from Aga Khan Foundation Canada which spearheaded the convening.
This hands-on HCD training was a blend of partner presentations, capacity building sessions that included various hands-on activities. The training began with an overview of HCD by the RAN team and detailed presentations about the work that is being undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada implementing civil society organizations. The implementing partners were then practically guided through the 5 steps of the HCD approach, namely: Needfinding, Problem Framing, Brainstorming, Prototyping and User Testing and were tasked to apply these processes to different climate based and gender challenges they had identified. Sessions on “Storytelling and documentation” and “Business Modelling” were also delivered by the RAN team to further support the different partners in visualizing their ideas.
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