We partner on carefully scoped projects in complex settings to deepen our understanding of the theory and practice of inclusive innovation, to create opportunities for MIT students and researchers to engage with practitioners in context, and to support the work of our collaborators. This work is currently focused in two complex settings: crisis-affected populations in temporary settlements, and climate-vulnerable workers in informal economies. 

Humanitarian Innovation

MIT D-Lab is pioneering a new approach to Humanitarian Innovation in which refugees and displaced people are engaged in the design process and contribute to the development of solutions that improve their immediate situations. Participation as active creators rather than passive recipients can be transformative for crisis-affected people, contributing to re-building confidence, self-esteem, and identity. Learn more.

Inclusive Markets

MIT D-Lab’s approach to Inclusive Markets engages leaders working within the informal and formal economy to develop businesses, markets, and regional economies that promote equity and resilience at the intersection of poverty and climate change.  Current projects include Resilient Economies Action Lab or REAL (Nicaragua) and Pick-It! (Ghana). Learn more.