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Every entrepreneur needs a coach.

People start a business because they’re excited by an opportunity to grow, do something different, hope for something better. But the path is extra challenging for our clients who live in developing economies. iDE mitigates their risk, and we’re there when they run into challenges.

Always innovating

iDE has been putting business to work in the poorest locations for more than three decades, using market based solutions to change the incomes and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe.

Every $1 you give becomes at least $10 in increased incomes for those working to improve their standard of living. We call this multiplier effect “the power of 10.” It empowers you to activate prosperity where it’s missing in the poorest places around the world.


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    iDE’s programs address resilience needs—before, during, and after climate shocks

    iDE’s “Actions For Resilience” demonstrates it is possible to increase the stability and resilience of agriculture based rural livelihoods to cope with climatic variability. Our holistic approach coordinates practical activities at all three levels: household level, natural environment level, and system level.

    June 11, 2019
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    We're sharing our secrets in WASH

    “Critical for our own continued learning, even though it was not required by any donor, we decided we needed to write down, analyze, and reflect on the body of experience and evidence from our sanitation marketing program,” said Yi Wei, iDE Global Director of WASH. Explore iDE's new WASH Knowledge Hub. 

    April 30, 2019
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    How We Got Our Toilet Business Moving Again

    Abby Nydam, iDE’s Director of Global Design, describes how we knew something was missing in the business model for Sama Sama, a toilet business iDE had started in rural Ghana in 2016, and what we did to correct it.

    May 7, 2019

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.


Are you a WASH development professional?

Visit our new knowledge hub called WASH Markets featuring over 10 years of learnings and insights from building markets for WASH in developing countries around the world.