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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.

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Since 1982

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.

20 Million More

We invite foundations, philanthropists, donors and social innovators to join us on a journey to transform 20 million more lives.

Become a 20 Million More Supporter

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.


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    The 'S word:' Is it time for the sanitation sector to reconsider subsidies?

    "While market-based models are traditionally opposed to hardware subsidies since they can distort markets, iDE offers 'smart subsidies' in its Cambodia SanMark program in order to include poorer households. These subsidies aim to minimize market distortion through the use of voucher systems and effective targeting to make sure only the poor are included." — Yi Wei, Global Director of WASH at iDE.

    September 19, 2017
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    A fix for latrines in Bangladesh

    A systems approach to sanitation drives scale, sustainability, and social welfare. iDE's partnership with the UNICEF, SDC, Bangladesh ministry of health, RFL (Bangladesh's largest plastics manufacturer), and hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs has led to the sale of 200,000 latrines in just 18 months. The approach was recognized with the 2017 P3 Impact Award.

    October 11, 2017
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    iDE WASH at UNC Water and Health Conference

    We're at the 2017 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In collaboration with several partners, we're sharing learnings and raising awareness on topics ranging from women as powerful change agents to translating our evaluation evidence into program action. 

    October 16, 2017