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
iDE's WASH team will be presenting iDE's market-based approach in addressing safe water and improved sanitation at the UNC Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 10 - 14.October 07 2016
Julian joins us as a kindred spirit, willing to challenge the status quo. His background in impact investing and private sector experience in Africa and Asia make him ideal for this new leadership role.October 07 2016
The fact that humans are solving poverty globally is possibly the greatest story of our time. Yet most people are unaware of this success because the mainstream media isn’t reporting on the power of entrepreneurship to lift people out of poverty.October 10 2016