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Center for Rural Innovations

Over the last ten years, CKS has worked with numerous multinational firms and authoured a series of reports aimed at improving existing products and services. With string of great initiatives, today it stands as a twelve-year old innovation consul
Center for Rural Innovations

Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS) is a Delhi-based innovation consulting practice that employs user-centered research and design methodologies, including ethnography, design analysis, and user experience, to help organizations and create products, services, and systems. It has partnered with companies to conduct research and design activities focused on improving existing products and services. With string of great initiatives, today it stands as a twelve-year old innovation consulting firm in India. In 2013, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a partnership with CKS to start an initiative, READ (Read – Engage – Achieve – Dream) Alliance. The move is to implement a US $ 3.2 million initiative to help improve the reading skills of millions of primary school age children in India.  And in 2012, the firm launched Bihar Innovation Lab, a concept to enhance healthcare and rural innovation in Bihar. The lab is a collaborative initiative among the Bihar Government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and CKS. It is entrusted with the task of design led rural innovation, to drive new products and better service delivery mechanisms and to demonstrate how the quality of service can be improved by using design. In the same year, it launched ‘Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation’ with TU Delft, Nesta and the Social Innovation eXchange. The School was founded with the vision to drive step-changes in India’s social and economic growth by training the nation’s future innovation leaders. Over the last ten years, CKS has worked with several multinational firms and authored a series of reports. The firm has wide experience in India, but has also worked in different emerging economies worldwide including South Africa, China, Nigeria, Philippines, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Over the last ten years, CKS has worked with numerous multinational firms and authored a series of reports.

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