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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.

Join us in solving global poverty
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.


  • I De Ex Cambodia Design Team
    Advice to Innovators

    "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
  • Ex Nepal Sunflower Pump
    Women have the power to turn fallow lands into productive farms

    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
  • I De Ex Ethiopia Landscape
    Building resilience to famine in Ethiopia

    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