HCDExchange 101

October 5, 2022


In this webinar we re-introduced HCDExchange – Who we are, what we do, our big achievements and what we can offer to existing and new members to learn more about how to use design thinking in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health programs.


 Muthoni Wachira 

HCDExchange, Project Director 

Liz McNeil

Senior Community Engagement Manager 

Rimjhim Surana

HCD Consultant, HCDExchange  

Peter Nasokho

MEL Lead, HCDExchange

How we started

Key takeaways

  • We started in 2018 with a mandate to  bring together actors in a new and emerging practice of using HCD to improve AYSRH programs.
  • Our funders hoped to foster learning, collaboration, networking as well as generate momentum for shaping and perpetuating HCD and AYSRH practice in East & West Africa and South Asia.
  • In Phase one we convened the first ever CoP in HCD+AYSRH and created a Learning Agenda. 
  • Learn more about Our Story.

How we have evolved

Key Takeaways

  • We are now in Phase two and have transitioned from “building” a broad-based learning community to becoming a Knowledge Hub dedicated to exploring how HCD can improve sexual and reproductive health needs and rights for youth and adolescents.
  • Our  mission is to uncover, drive and share learning about how HCD approaches can achieve better sexual health outcomes for youth and adolescents.
  • Our new Theory of Change brings to the fore how we intend to contribute towards the learning ecosystem and how our work will contribute to building and capacity of practitioners. It provides a breakdown of our focus areas where we believe we can effect the most change.

How we add value

Key takeaways

  • We play a pivotal role in the HCD+AYSRH learning ecosystem to support the diverse actors in the field of practice through:
  • Creating bespoke knowledge products
  • Using our products to create case studies
  • Curating knowledge through a bilingual newsletter and our Resources Repository
  • Hold regular learning webinars for the Community of Practice
  • Seek to understand the landscape of this field by looking at the gaps and providing analysis

What we can offer you

Key Takeaways

  • Attend learning events & skills-building workshops
  • Join or host a Learning Circle
  • Present your work as a project spotlight or event speaker
  • Share your questions, experience & expertise on the Community Learning Forum
  • Read or contribute to the monthly e-bulletin
  • Share resources for the Resource Repository

“We strongly believe that the HCD approach can contribute to improving AYSRH needs and rights. Knowing that the field is relatively new, the onus is on the ecosystem stakeholders to continue building the awareness and skills for its effective delivery.” – Muthoni Wachira, HCDExchange Project Director

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