D-Lab Development

Carbonizing Animal Dung

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
A study of cooking practices in a rural Maasai village led to experimentation with carbonizing dried animal dung (donkey, cow and elephant) to make charcoal. The results were promising, and although emissions testing still needs to be done, the briquettes could be a less smoky, free, and readily available alternative to wood charcoal.
Laiboni

Clean Delivery Birth Kit Assesment

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A D-Lab student took samples of the AYZH Clean Delivery Birth Kit to Tanzania to get feedback on the product and determine if there is a market for the kit and how it should be adapted for Tanzania. Interviews with local midwives, mothers and a traditional medicine man were very informative in learning about child birthing practices in Tanzania.
Arusha and Monduli District

Pedal-Powered Rice Thresher

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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A student worked with Tanzanian company Global Cycle Solutions to prototype a simple pedal-powered rice thresher as a faster alternative for post-harvest processing compared to hitting the unthreshed rice against a wall or with a stick. We are anxiously awaiting a supply of unthreshed rice to be able to test the prototype!
Arusha

Smallbean Education and Documentation

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
D-Lab Tanzania students worked with a Boston NGO, Smallbean, to implement their Citizen Archivist Project in Laiboni, a rural Maasai village. Teachers from the local primary school and community members learned how to use a computer, digital camera and voice recorder to document the history of the school and community.
Laiboni

Technology Dissemination Research

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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With support from the International Development Initiative (IDI), a Sloan MBA student on the D-Lab Cambodia Team spent 2 weeks meeting with several international development organizations and observing different projects in the field to research effective approaches to technology dissemination.
Kandal Province

Natural Dye Crayons

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
Avani, one of the D-Lab community partners in India, has developed a process for making natural dyes for use in textiles. Students worked to adapt this method to use the dyes to make natural crayons which can be sold to generate income.
Uttrakhand

Pedal-Powered Hacksaw

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
A student on the D-Lab Tanzania 2011 trip photographed Tanzania engineer (and former D-Lab Designer in Residence) Bernard Kiwia as he built a pedal-powered hacksaw that he invented. The photos will be used to create pictorial directions to replicate the machine that will be shared as a D-Lab online resource.
Arusha

Medical Workshops

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
Limited healthcare resources exist in the rural areas of Uttarakhand, India. Students with EMT experience traveled there to perform workshops, and empower local women with basic first aid and emergency medical skills.
Uttrakhand

Banana Leaf Charcoal

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
Students on the D-Lab Tanzania 2011 trip worked with banana growers in Mto-wa-mbu (Mosquito River) to make charcoal by carbonizing the dried leaves and stalks of the banana trees. They also found that dropped bananas (which cannot be sold) made an excellent binder!
Mto-wa-mbu

Low-Cost Test for H2S Producing Bacteria

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Reviewed
The D-Lab Cambodia team worked with community partner Resource Development International (RDI) on a low-cost test for hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria by verifying the test in the field, making recommendations for increasing test sensitivity, and trialing the test in schools as a visual aid for water and hygiene education.
Kien Svay

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