What I learned from this experience was that planning is important, but you also have to plan for mitigation strategies. You have to have a backup plan for all the ‘what if’s’ that can happen, which is a thing I learned in YLabs. Before we went to the field we had a mitigation strategy meeting where we asked – what happens when people don’t show up?
In generating insights it is important that we are able to differentiate between the facts and the root problem.
One important lesson I took away was to immerse oneself in the surrounding environment for populations you are designing for – this is the truest form of displaying real empathy as a designer or programmer.
The greatest thing about the fellowship is the aspect of community. It is really what I was looking for and I can see that it is there. The bond that I share with the other fellows who are working in other organisations – the way we interact, the way we share ideas, the way we build upon each other’s ideas – I find that very useful!
We are extremely excited to introduce you to the second batch of HCDExchange Youth Leadership Hub Associates. The Youth Leadership Hub (YLH) is a cohort of eight youth HCD+ASRH leaders from sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia who offer insight on young people’s lives and experiences, lead meaningful youth engagement efforts, and demonstrate youth leadership across HCDExchange’s work.
The importance of Ethics is particularly crucial when considering engagement with vulnerable populations and sensitive topics. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health sits at the confluence of these.
As we work to build the field of HCD + ASRH as a more mainstream way of running this kind of programming, we want to ensure that quality remains central to these programmes, and there are universal standards for evaluating quality. This helps to ensure that all stakeholders are held accountable to the same standard and we can avoid the use of tokenistic human-centred design approaches.
On this call, we explored the question: how might human-centred design facilitate the process of gathering and using informative insights from youth?