Author: Natalia Adler

A bit too much co-creation

Chaotic and stressful… It was our first co-creation workshop with folks from civil society and the autonomous government in the southern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. We were co-creating the design research tools to develop an “empathy-driven” regional policy for Indigenous and Afro-descendant children. I’m used to workshops where: tons of […]

A RAAN policymaker builds the story of community member archetype the research group created. Archetypes helped to put a human face on research findings @theReboot/Hammer2013

Channeling Empathy Into Policymaking

I’m thrilled to share this beautiful article written by Samantha Hammer, Research Manager at Reboot, a truly awesome social enterprise that worked with us to pioneer a Human Centered Design approach to policy-making in Nicaragua. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Natalia Adler Chief of Social Policy @UNICEF Nicaragua Twitter: nataliaadler19 “In […]

Mother and child from the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region are seen as experts of their own experiences during policy-making process. Credit: UNICEF Nicaragua

Video: Designing for Children in Nicaragua

Can policy-makers think like designers? Can they approach policy-making the same way designers develop products that people value? At UNICEF Nicaragua, we have pioneered the use of a Human Centered Design approach to support the government develop an empathy-driven policy for indigenous, Afro-descendant and Mestizo children. The goal was to […]

Prototyping birth registration services in Nicaragua

Prototyping birth registration services in Nicaragua

Prototyping Innovations – Flexible approaches to introduce novel ideas in development I arrived in Bilwi, the capital of the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, on a hot morning during the rainy season with one mission: to prototype. Prototyping is a technique commonly used by designers to quickly move from an abstract idea to action. It helps identify the strengths and weaknesses […]

Designing for Children

Introducing Human Centered Design into policy-making in Nicaragua “Boring…” That was my first reaction after spending the night at a ‘casa materna’ in rural Nicaragua. There wasn’t much for the other women – who had come to access the regional capital’s superior maternal health services – to do. There was […]