Karla Despradel (2017)
“A program that leverages insights from behavioral science, education and design, to help youth in the Dominican Republic stay in school and out of trouble.”
Process Paper: (PDF)
Duquesa is a small, extremely poor community in rural Dominican Republic. Their livelihood comes from diving into a landfill that is a few miles away to sort recyclable material. This practice doesn’t discriminate age — from eleven, children go to work helping their families, which makes them vulnerable to dropping out of school. Trueque leverages insights from behavioral science, education and design to create favorable conditions for positive behavior change among children and ultimately the entire community.