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DNDi Uses the Widen Collective® to Tell the Story of Their Work

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a nonprofit research and development organization that brings affordable treatments to millions of people across the world affected by underserved diseases. They rely on the Widen Collective® to produce and share content that illustrates the impact of their work.

Products used

img_icon-01 Assets

Catalog, control, and distribute rich media assets from a central source of truth.

Insights Insights

Track and measure assets and build site performance dashboards.

26k+

Number of assets

42k+

Views in the
last 12 months

4k+

Searches in the
last 12 months

Challenges

With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, DNDi is a nonprofit organization with a global network of staff, donors, and partners. By developing treatments for neglected diseases — which don’t represent a lucrative market for pharmaceutical companies — they improve the quality of life for countless people in some of the world’s poorest communities.

DNDi’s brand and marketing materials include powerful stories that illustrate the impact of their work. This content is used to raise awareness of their mission and drive fundraising programs

However, without a central repository for DNDi’s marketing content, files were stored across numerous computers and office networks. Specific assets were so difficult to find that teams often resorted to using content that was outdated or off-brand.

The DNDi marketing team knew they needed a better way to manage and share their content. They began exploring the benefits of digital asset management (DAM) solutions and implemented the Widen Collective.

Objectives

Single source of truth
A central hub of all photos, videos, and other creative content.

Improved searchability
Use metadata to efficiently locate desired assets.

Streamlined processes
Reduce workflow inefficiencies and bottlenecks.

Solution

Self-serve access
With the Collective, DNDi has replaced numerous storage locations and tools with a centralized repository that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. The system’s intuitive user interface and search tools allow stakeholders to find the content they need quickly and easily. And DNDi teams use sharelinks and collections to share assets with external stakeholders in just a few clicks.

A trusted partner
As DNDi prepared to launch their DAM system, the Widen team provided continual support. Reflecting on this process, their Digital Content Officer, DK Lee, shared, "Widen was very supportive and flexible during the implementation process and we’re working more efficiently as a result.”

“Remote working is essential to the nature of our work in global health and DAM software supports that well. It also keeps teams connected, enabling us to continue to share with the world stories that need to be told.”

DK Lee,
Digital Content Officer at DNDi

Benefits

Streamlined workflows
The Collective has helped DNDi gain efficiencies across their content workflows. The marketing team no longer spends countless hours searching for files or responding to file requests. And with the Insights application, they are able to track asset usage and refine the focus of future creative work. And because projects now take less time to complete, they can spend more time advancing DNDi’s mission.

Stronger collaboration
By centralizing all content in one location, the Collective has improved collaboration between DNDi’s offices and remote teams. DK shared, “Remote working is essential to the nature of our work in global health and DAM software supports that well. It also keeps teams connected, enabling us to continue to share with the world stories that need to be told.”

Enhanced work quality 
With streamlined access to approved content, the Collective has helped DNDi improve the overall quality and consistency of their creative work. DK shared, “Whether we’re creating a brochure or trying to find a video, Widen has really bolstered our storytelling. Even when sharing photos with partners and journalists, our DAM solution has equipped us to disseminate assets in a quick, secure way, resulting in higher quality content.