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
Many people incorrectly have the impression that creating markets and encouraging businesses to sell to the poor is a zero-sum game and does nothing to improve the incomes of people living in poverty.
That is so far from the actual case. iDE CEO Prewitt shows how iDE supports markets that economists would call “positive-sum games.”April 6, 2017
Social enterprises can fill a market gap. The model exists not simply to make a profit, but to ensure that community and societal objectives can be met. In Nicaragua, iDEal Tecnologías, iDE's irrigation social enterprise, fills the gap for farmers.March 28, 2017
iDE Global WASH Director Yi Wei makes the case for why WASH organizations need to hire and grow business-savvy leaders—avoiding the pain and disruption caused by bad hiring decisions. On the other hand, great hires are self-driven to deliver, grow, and execute in a way that brings people and organizations together.March 22, 2017