Leveraging the Value of Design in Global Health

This resource helps to articulate the benefits that the design mindset and skills can bring to global health projects. A curated set of statements connects the benefits of design to key challenges facing the global health community.



  • Better outcomes (User)

  • Improved processes (Program)

  • Expanded capabilities (Organization)

  • Increased equity (System)

how this resource was developed

We did a Project kickoff and follow-up interviews with Global health practitioners from USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We identified problem and benefit statements for design from a range of published sources. We Brought together a diverse group of design and global health practitioners to test and iterate these statements from different perspectives. We designed an overarching framework to categorize the benefits on a spectrum from ‘user’ to ‘system.’

next steps

We view these tools as evolving resources that continue to be developed and improved. In the next version of this resource, we hope to add case studies and examples that illustrate the values of design. This would allow the values of design to be more easily understood by those new to them and could also serve as an evidence base for demonstrating their effectiveness in tackling global health challenges.