Mother and child from the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region are seen as experts of their own experiences during policy-making process. Credit: UNICEF Nicaragua
Mother and child from the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region are seen as experts of their own experiences during policy-making process. Credit: UNICEF Nicaragua

Can policy-makers think like designers? Can they approach policy-making the same way designers develop products that people value? At UNICEF Nicaragua, we have pioneered the use of a Human Centered Design approach to support the government develop an empathy-driven policy for indigenous, Afro-descendant and Mestizo children. The goal was to invite policy-makers to immerse themselves into the lives of the people they are trying to serve with the policy. It´s all an experiment, but one that has been paying off through the identification of over 33 low-cost, viable and context-specific interventions that directly respond to what people want and care about.

With these words, I am proud to share our new video on Designing for Children with you.

Natalia Adler
Chief of Social Policy, Managua, Nicaragua
nadler(at)unicef.org

Read more about the project and our work in Nicaragua:

Designing for Children

Pioneering entrepreneurship and design thinking for children in Nicaragua

Prototyping birth registration services in Nicaragua

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