Human Centered Design Inspires Innovation… and Trust

The framework is the basis for how A360 designs and collaborates with and for adolescent girls

By: Emma Beck, Associate Communications Manager, PSI As Shahada Kinyaga, PSI Tanzania’s Adolescents 360 (A360) lead, notes: A360 is anything but traditional. Launched in 2016, A360 is revolutionizing how reproductive health services are conceived and delivered by and for adolescent girls across developing countries. Through a Human Centered Design (HCD) approach, A360 sources from deep

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Are You in the Market for Condoms?

By Sandy Garçon, External Relations and Communications Manager, PSI Valentine’s Day is not the only reason to celebrate February 14ththis year – it is also International Condom Day! Since its inception in 2009, International Condom Day is celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day as an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people

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How can Ethiopian Adolescents Participate in their own Health?

By Amerti Lemma, Communications and PR Coordinator, PSI/Ethiopia There is an Amharic joke that goes: A family meeting was called by a father to decide what the family was going to buy for the New Year’s celebration. The floor was opened by the son who said, “we can’t start the New Year without some Doro

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Why Aren’t Markets Working?

By Yasmin Madan, Global Marketing Director, PSI  What do Amazon, Uber and Airbnb have in common with a non-profit? They do more than deliver products and services. They harness the power of market players and use consumer insights in innovative ways to deliver better products and services to their customers. Not-for-profit organizations working in the developing world

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Moving Beyond Yesterday’s Markets

By Cate O’Kane, Director Corporate Partnerships, PSI  What does a functioning market actually look like for those at the bottom of the pyramid? Is it a utopia where everyone has their needs met at a price that doesn’t unduly lighten their wallets? Are products available in a convenient location just up the street? Is there

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Why Melinda Gates is Excited about Girls Helping Girls

By Taylor Vaught, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI At PSI, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about putting girls at the heart of our work. Melinda Gates is too, and we’re grateful to her for giving a shout out to one of our projects, Adolescents 360, in her recent article on Medium about why she’s excited

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Adolescent program design

Changing the World with an Adolescent Mindset

Learn how taking risks and designing programs with teens can lead to healthier outcomes.

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth and Girls, PSI “The idea that feeling confident and feeling misunderstood are mutually exclusive really bugs me.” – Tavi Gevinson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rookie Magazine (founded at age 15). Think back to when you were 15 or 16 years old. Where were you? What were you wearing? What

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Adolescents 360

The World’s Most Promising Generation is Coming of Age and Here’s What It Needs from Us

Adolescents 360 is a four-year $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, aiming to increase voluntary, modern contraceptive use and reduce unintended pregnancy among adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in three pilot countries — Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia. By applying a user-centered approach, with youth

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Reducing Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania: An Interview with Design Thinker Pam Scott

Recently, Lauren Schiller of NPR’s Inflection Point interviewed PSI thought-partner and design thinker Pam Scott on our work together in Tanzania with adolescent girls. She explains how incorporating the girl into finding the solution to unintended teen pregnancy through human-centered design is the most dignified and effective way to arrive at breakthrough solutions to this

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8 Ways PSI Puts Youth at the Center of Programming

By Ashley Jackson and Sophia Greenbaum, PSI On August 13, PSI joins the world in celebrating the creativity, insights, and promise of young people. The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is youth civic engagement, recognizing the critical role of young people in ensuring that policies and programs are responsive to their needs and

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Safichoo toilet

Improving Sanitation through Empathic Design: Meet Jasmine Burton, a PSI Global Health Corps Fellow

By Maria Dieter, External Relations and Communications Assistant, PSI Each day, the youth of today find innovative ways to combat injustice. In the world of global health, some of these young people can be found as fellows in the Global Health Corps, which was founded by Barbara Bush to combat some of the injustices she

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Best Buys in Global Health: Human-Centric Design

Research and development

Jocelyn Wyatt, co-lead and executive director at, speaks with Eliza Villarino, senior news producer at Devex, about her suggestion for donors: Insist on a series of ‘quick and dirty’ tests before writing million-dollar checks for initiatives to reduce poverty or improve global health.

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