Happy New Year! A column about innovation in designing products for the poor appears in the International Herald Tribune. It’s very much in keeping with the Acumen Fund philosophy that the poor should be thought of and treated as consumers — solutions must be designed with their needs and constraints in mind. The article highlights the importance of the ruthless pursuit of affordability (sometimes forgoing fancy technology for simplicity) in designing technology to improve the lives of the poor.
Definitely worth thinking about as we move into 2006.