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
Meet one of our first employees. Badrul Alam is leading the next wave of innovation in agricultural technology.January 25, 2017
iDE’s excellence in combating poverty through building markets is recognized by the global community. This timeline highlights some of the awards that iDE, either globally or for a particular program, has won in recent years.December 2, 2016
"We move away from just what 'feels good' to what actually creates change," said Ali Gregory, Program Officer at the Geisse Foundation. Recently, she shared her beliefs on philanthropy with us, explaining why she chooses partnerships focused on sustainable development.December 27, 2016