Entrepreneurs are everywhere.
Let’s hear it for supply chains. And micro loans. And sales agents on motorbikes. Let’s give people a chance to earn an income and buy aspirational products designed specifically for them. Let’s put our entrepreneurial spirit to work to inspire theirs.
iDE has been putting business to work for the poor for more than three decades, using market based solutions to change the living conditions and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe.
Solving Poverty with Profit.
Our founder, Paul Polak, was working in Somalia in the early eighties when he began to develop his philosophies and methodologies related to market-based solutions and human-centered design for solving poverty.
Today, we continue to build on those founding principles, living where we work, and always putting the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of everything we do.
We're on a mission to develop innovative and compassionate solutions for the most pressing needs in the developing world.
Support from donors and foundations funds our efforts to directly address the parts of peoples’ lives that matter—we’re looking for what works, and you can help.
We have boots on the ground in eleven countries on three continents, and our teams live in the provinces, districts, and villages where we work.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT iDE
"At iDE, we’ve learned that designing a service or experience can be a powerful tool to change behavior because it engages the audience directly in both the design and implementation," says Nadia Campos, Leader in Design, Research, & Strategy for Human-Centered Design projects within the iDE Innovation Lab. With a decade of experience in applying design-thinking to situations of extreme constraints, Nadia shares her advice to innovators.June 26, 2017
In rural Nepal, where electric grids are unreliable and diesel fuel is not always available, solar pumps are the solution. Land that was once considered too dry is now flourishing with the help of resource-smart irrigation technology. In partnership with Futurepump Ltd, we're bringing the SF1 Solar Pump to rural communities in Nepal and across the world.July 14, 2017
In 2016, Ethiopia experienced the worst drought in 50 years. Famine seemed inevitable. However, nearly three decades of peace, a forward-looking government, a new food distribution system, and new agricultural practices prevented disaster. Learn how iDE works to help farmers build resilience to famine in Ethiopia.August 3, 2017