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In harsh climates and fragmented economies, continuous innovation is critical to survival. iDE has created The Activators Circle, a recurring giving program that empowers you to join us in bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to where it's most needed.

Learn more: The Activators Circle program
Always Innovating

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.

30 Million And Counting

As of the beginning of this year, iDE has improved lives for 30 million people with an average annual increase in income of $220. Be part of reaching the next 10 million people by 2020.

Join The Activators Circle

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.


  • Ex 20120315 Cambodia 1793
    New innovations and solutions in Fecal Sludge Management

    As countries grow closer to reaching open defecation free, there's a growing urgency to address fecal sludge management (FSM). Join iDE's WASH team for an e-discussion June 4-7 on new cost-effective innovations, an assessment of the FSM value chain, and preliminary results from a pilot.

    May 31, 2018
  • Ex Nepal 2013 Anep
    NPR Goats and Soda article on iDE gender empowerment program in Nepal

    Article based on research done for iDE Nepal's first major women's empowerment project. The co-author, Corey O'Hara, worked for iDE on its design and strategy and later studied the impact of the project for his PhD.

    March 8, 2018
  • Asset 30
    Milestone: 30 Million People Reached

    At the end of 2017, iDE's cumulative impact reached 30 million people, a major milestone. This accomplishment represents an acceleration in scale. In the last five years iDE has reached more customers at a faster annual rate, due to a combination of increased funding, better quality and more timely data, and improved cost effectiveness.

    April 5, 2018