Kenyan entrepreneurs, innovators, and knowledge-seekers now have free and easy access to a cutting-edge information resource that provides broadly-applicable design expertise for various sectors. The Human-Centered Design (HCD) Toolkit is now available in public libraries following a recent media launch that marked a new initiative between Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine program and the Kenya National Library Services (KNLS). The resource is available in print as well as online on the KNLS website and on e-readers in branch libraries.
 
Human-centered design refers to a problem-solving approach that begins by gaining a deep empathy for people and considering their needs, hopes, and aspirations when designing solutions for problems they face. Developed by international design firm and Innovation Engine implementation partner , the Toolkit guides users through the HCD process from conception to implementation. It provides innovators and other knowledge-seekers with relevant expertise to design user-centric innovations and thus enhance their global competitiveness.
 
The approach has been applied in the health, financial inclusion, agriculture and other sectors in numerous countries worldwide.

So far, KIE has employed the HCD framework to help 24 agricultural innovations test, design and pilot market-driven technologies to better satisfy the needs of smallholder farmers and other stakeholders. Read the event press release here and click to watch K24 TV's online clip on the new partnership. The Star's print and digital outlets, Capital FM's early morning and mid-morning news segments, and KASS FM, Tanda Biashara, Kenya News Agency also covered the event.     

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