An international platform for youth-centered program design: HCDExchange

May 5, 2020

We’re proud to announce the re-launch of the HCDExchange community! The HCDExchange was created to advance learning, evidence, and practice around the integration of human-centered design (HCD) in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programming, with a focus on Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Building on the work emerging from the first HCDExchange convening in Dar esSalam in 2018, this 2-year grant will accelerate the development of a robust, efficient, and transparent HCD/ASRH field. We aim to contribute to increased youth agency and improved ASRH outcomes.

Human-centered design, a process that fosters innovation, prioritizes learning, and puts people at the center of public health, is used to create approaches that are tailored to users’ needs and desires. Incorporating HCD principles in ASRH programs allows implementers to offer youth-centered services while generating insight and evidence on human behavior that help define effective solutions to challenges and facilitate new ways of working.

It is now more than ever important to listen and respond to the complexities and nuances of issues affecting young people. As an international community, we must support efforts that put adolescents at the center.

— Eric Gitau, Director, HCDExchange

Led by a core team based in Nairobi, Kenya, the HCDExchange, which includes a community of practice, advisory board, and youth leadership hub, will provide opportunities for researchers and program implementers, designers, evaluators, youth, and funders to work together.

The HCDExchange is hosted by inSupply Health in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with JSI. We are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Learn more about us.

The HCDExchange has already begun hosting events for the community. Sign up for email updates and apply to become a community member.

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